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Chelsea confirm Mata deal

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Chelsea have today confirmed the signing of highly rated Spanish international midfielder Juan Mata, who joins from Valencia on a five-year deal.

The 23-year-old winger, who can play on either flank, or operate in a central attacking role becomes manager Andre Villas-Boas' fourth summer signing, following Oriol Romeu, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois to Stamford Bridge.

After speaking to the recently appointed Blues boss, Mata explained he needn't think twice about the decision to make the switch to west London, and has been thoroughly impressed by his new surroundings.

"Right from the first moment there have been good feelings all around me," he said. "Training has been great and the players are a great group to train with.

"Valencia was a big club anyway but I have left to join a bigger club and it is all about the opportunity to win trophies and I have that here."


 

With 43 goals in 179 appearances for the La Liga outfit, Mata called time on his stay at the Mestalla in favour of a move to England where he hopes to achieve further success, and has been encouraged by initial conversations with his new manager.

"He said he wanted Chelsea this season to play more attacking football, and that I would be a big part of that," he continued. "Villas-Boas is someone who won almost everything last year and we are both here with the idea of winning lots this season.

"The plan is that I can play on either flank or even in the middle playing in between the lines of midfield and attack. I like to keep the ball and use it well, I am an attacking player and above all I like to set up goals and score them also.

"I want to adapt as quickly as possible to my new surroundings, my colleagues and this league, and I would love to win a trophy in my first season. If it can be the Premier League then great."

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