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Chelsea and Arsenal stars team up to buy ailing Spanish club

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Mata and Cazorla enjoy Spain's Euro 2012 success (©GettyImages)
Mata and Cazorla enjoy Spain's Euro 2012 success (©GettyImages).

Chelsea's Juan Mata, Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla, as well as Swansea star Michu have all teamed up to buy shares in ailing Spanish club Real Oviedo.

The Segunda B outfit have begun selling shares in an attempt to raise the €2 million they require to keep them afloat after hitting financial hardship. Fans can buy a single share for around €10 before the November 17 closing date.

Cazorla and Mata both cut their teeth with the Spanish club before eventually moving on to Arsenal and Chelsea respectively, while Michu found his way to Swansea having played more than 100 games for the club.

All three Spaniards have established themselves as key figures at their clubs, with Cazaorla proving an instant hit with the Gunners, while Mata was recently announced as the Premier League player for October thanks to his fine performances for Chelsea. 

Cazorla featured in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Schalke last night, while Mata will line up for Chelsea when they take on Shakhtar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Michu meanwhile is the 4th highest scorer in the division having scored six times for his new club. The Swansea attacker confirmed today that all three players had bought a shares in Ovideo, and said he was hopeful that the target could be reach and that the club could be saved.

“Myself, Mata and Cazorla have all bought shares, but it would be wrong of me to say how much,” he told Swansecity.net

“We just wanted to try and help save the club we all played for.

'The economy in Spain is very bad and the club needs around €2m to survive. A lot of people have bought shares and hopefully it will be enough by the closing date of November 17. It’s my local club, a club I love, so I hope it will be enough.”

Michu also said he felt there was an affinity between Oviedo and Swansea after the Welsh club was bailed out by supporters 10 years ago.

“It’s my local club, a club I love, so I hope it will be enough,” he commented.

“Swansea fans should know how much it means to me and the Oviedo supporters.

“I remember reading up on the history of Swansea when I first arrived here; I remember reading how the Swansea supporters bought shares in this club when it was in trouble 10 years ago - and again many years before that.

“And look at the club now; in the Premier League and winning at places like Anfield. Hopefully this SOS can have a similar reaction.’’

It has also been reported that Real Madrid legend Raul has purchased shares in the Asturias side, although that has yet to be confirmed. 

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