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CHELSEA have approached the Spanish football federation to ask for Juan Mata to be spared further international duty in the coming weeks.
The early signs are that they will agree to the request, which could mean him sitting out the Super Cup in Monaco and the first international weekend - which both come at the start of September.
The Blues are desperate for their midfielder to have a rest following his involvement in the Euros and with his country's Olympic team.
The midfielder – such a hit in his debut season at Stamford Bridge – has played almost continuously since the start of last season, although he was granted a few days off after the London Games.
“Talks have been going on. It's all in the planning. I can't confirm anything yet because it's not decided yet, but at the end of the day, you need to look after the welfare of the players and I think it would make sense to do something like this,” said boss Roberto Di Matteo.
“He needs a break. It's important – as much as training is important - to have a rest, recharge the batteries and come back fresh. We'll plan it intelligently so he won't be missing too much of our season. He's OK, but agrees he needs a break.
“Juan did brilliantly last season in his first year in the Premier League. Some players struggle in their first year, but he's come in and played some of his best football.
“Obviously, the raises the expectation level a little bit but he's a player of immense quality and I think he will just keep going on.”