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Del Bosque: Chelsea requested Mata omission

1 September 2012 13:24

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has revealed Chelsea asked him to leave Juan Mata out of his squad for their upcoming matches.

Mata featured at Euro 2012 with champions Spain before travelling to London to take part in the Olympics.

Del Bosque feels omitting the 24-year-old for upcoming matches against Saudi Arabia and Georgia was the right thing to do, allowing him to rest.

"Mata's absence may be conspicuous but there is an explanation," Del Bosque told reporters.

"Chelsea rang us to request that we do not call him up because he has hardly had any time off this summer.

"We obviously have a duty to do what's best for our squad, but there are situations like this that just make common sense."

Del Bosque said Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes also contacted him with a request not to call up new signing Javi Martinez.

"Javi Martinez wouldn't have come with us anyway but yes, I have to say that Heynckes called me with concerns about the length of time he has not played for and the difficulty of getting used to German football," he said.

"While there is no league competition, this time will be very useful for just that."

The reigning European and world champions first take on Saudi Arabia before starting their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign against Georgia on September 10.

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