Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted out-of-favour winger Juan Mata will definitely start the Blues’ upcoming Champions League tie against Steaua Bucharest.

The Spanish playmaker has been a peripheral figure at Stamford Bridge since Mourinho’s return to West London with the Portuguese coach seemingly unable to find a place for the 25-year-old in his system.

But the former Real Madrid boss has admitted Mata - winner of the club’s Player of the Year award for the past two seasons - has earned a more permanent place in the side after ‘fighting’ his way back into the first-team frame and has urged other players to follow suit.