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Juan Mata might be the star of the show at Chelsea right now but the diminutive attacker continues to be frustrated on the International stage as he was omitted from Spainâ€™s squad for the upcoming qualifiers. The 24 year old has been in hot form for Chelsea, scoring a brace in the Champions League in mid-week to add to his two assists in the win against Arsenal last weekend.
But Vicent Del Bosque hasnâ€™t picked the ex-Valencia man in his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and France and he explained his decision to Sky Sports: â€œWe could not find him a place. We have enough players for the games. We have chosen those that we think are the best to compete in these matches."Chelsea will be nonetheless be pleased that Mata is free from the International exertions as the player missed the whole pre-season programme due to his involvement in the Olympics. Spain were surprisingly knocked out at the group stage at London 2012, but after being a part of the Euro 2012 squad too, where he scored the fourth goal in Spainâ€™s victory in the final over Italy, Mata has been eased into the new season by Roberto Di Matteo. And, with a hectic schedule coming up after the International break the Blues will be glad that their creative fulcrum will be rested and refreshed.
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