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Spanish star opens door to Arsenal move

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Valencia winger Juan Mata has opened the door to a Premier League move this summer, admiting admiration for a number of clubs - Arsenal in particular.

The Spanish international is one of the most coveted stars at the Mestalla stadium, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has an opportunity to make a move after comments by the player.

Los Che have been in serious financial difficulty for some time, and the La Liga side have been forced to offload some of their top players in the past to balance the books. David Villa is a prime example, with the Spanish striker leaving for Barcelona this summer.

Mata has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League, unsurprising considering his fine form at club level.

The 22-year-old joined Valencia after a season with the Real Madrid Castilla (reserve) side, and instantly had an impact under then-manager Ronald Koeman.

Three years of consistent quality have followed on the left wing, and Mata earned his fist senior international call-up for Spain in 2009.

Whilst stating he's happy in Spain, the possibility of a move is never out of the question at Valencia, and Mata would enjoy the challenge that comes with the Premier League.

"I admire Arsenal and the philosophy that the young players have," Mata told FourFourTwo.

"Maybe I would like to play in the Premier League. I love living in Valencia and playing in the Spanish league, but in England the league is also top class and there are many big teams.

"I don't know if I'll be sold, it depends on the economic situation of the club."

Mata also had kind words for a string of other Premier League clubs, signaling the potential for a summer bidding war between a string of clubs.

"Liverpool, with their Spanish players - they also have an incredible squad. And Manchester United and Chelsea are teams that are very big, like Real Madrid and Barcelona, with money and incredible players."

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