Chelsea in Mata talks over new, long-term deal

Chelsea have opened new contract talks with Juan Mata.

Chelsea have opened new contract talks with Juan Mata.

The London Evening Standard says Chelsea are in talks with Mata over a new five-year contract, even though he still has three years to run on his current deal.

Mata is one of the lowest-paid first-team players on around £70,000 a week but Chelsea want to reward him for his superb displays by taking his salary past the £100,000-a-week barrier to bring him in line with other senior members of the squad.

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