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Mata plays down exit talk

June 28, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Valencia starlet Juan Mata has played down rumours he could be on his way out of the club.

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GettyImagesJuan Mata is happy to remain at Valencia

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Mata, 23, has been linked with a number of clubs in La Liga and the Premier League including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Reports in the Daily Mail and The Sun on Monday even claimed that Arsenal have already made an £18 million bid for the player, but Valencia have indicated that no written offer has been received and that they are not looking to part with the Spain Under-21 winger.

Given the club's financial position, it remains to be seen whether they would resist a more substantial bid, but Mata has now said that he is keen to stay if needed.

"I want to win a trophy with Valencia next season," Mata told SuperDeporte. "I've not planned anything different as I've a contract until 2015."