Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has expressed his desire to pack his summer and play in both the Olympics and Euro 2012.

 

The Blues' diminutive midfielder was speaking in an interview with The Daily Mail when he revealed his desire to take part in both sporting showcases in the off-season.

 

The is a contrast from the furore that has surrounded England’s young players, who will not be picked for both tournaments, but the Stamford Bridge favourite says it should not be a problem at his age.

 

“My desire is to play in both. For me, it would be the perfect summer to play in the Euros and then the Olympics,” said Mata.

 

“It would be a long season but I am young. It is something most players can only do once in their lives. Now it is our time. It would be the dream summer to win the Olympics and the Euros.”

 

Winning medals is not the only motivation, the former Valencia midfielder has heard good things about competing in the games and is keen to experience it.

 

“[Former Valencia colleague] Carlos Marchena told me when I was at Valencia that the Olympic Games and the Olympic Village is something you have to experience.

 

“Full of young people from different sports, from the NBA and tennis and volleyball and handball players, all together.”

 

However, Mata’s mind will have to be trained on the job in hand at Chelsea this season, as the Stamford Bridge club’s erratic form has put the prospect of Champions League qualification in doubt.

 

They are currently sitting fourth in the Premier League but this is just one point ahead of Newcastle United in fifth and three points in front Arsenal in sixth.

 

Mata scored on Sunday in the disappointing 3-3 draw with Manchester United, where he made a key contribution in putting the Blues three goals up.

 

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