Juan Mata in Barcelona causes a stir but explanation is honourable

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Chelsea star Juan Mata was in Barcelona this weekend, but fans shouldn't fret.

A mini frenzy was briefly caused in Catalunya at the weekend when Spanish maestro Juan Mata popped up in Barcelona.

He was pictured in Barcelona's Minestadi watching their B team take on Villareal, with the Yellow Submarines winning 3-0.

Mata was signing autographs and mingling with fans, causing real curiosity as to the reason to his visit.

As reported by Mundo Deportivo, a number of Barcelona fans began quizzing the Chelsea man if the reason for his visit was a prelude to signing for the club.

Chelsea fans, you can stop worrying - because there are no intentions on Mata's part to leave the club to join Messi and co.

He was there simply taking in the scenery before playing his role in a tribute to his friend Dani Jarque.

Jarque, 26 at the time, died in 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest on a training camp with Espanyol where he was captain.

Andres Iniesta unveiled a t-shirt in honour of Jarque after netting his World Cup Final winner over Holland in 2010, and he will again be involved in the tribute this weekend.

This evening a celebratory match will take place in his honour between an Espanyol XI and an All Stars XI, which will feature players from Mata to David Silva to Cesc Fabregas and Santi Cazorla.

The money raised will go towards Jarque's surviving family. 

image: © Ben Sutherland

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