Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata says he's enjoyed working with manager Rafa Benitez.

Benitez has suffered regular dissent from supporters throughout his Stamford Bridge reign but Mata praised the influence of Benitez, who is expected to be succeeded by Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho this summer.

"It's been a pleasure for me. He's a top manager, he's tried his best," Mata said.

"If we win the trophy it will be great for him and the team."