Juan Mata wants more at Chelsea
Juan Mata reveals how Fernando Torres helped him settle at Chelsea
Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has revealed that he’s loving life in London, with the Spanish star adapting well to the English capital.
The 24-year-old moved to the Premier League in the summer of 2011, and has been a revelation in the Blues side as he helped the club lift their first ever European Cup last season.
Compatriot Fernando Torres has also played his part in helping Mata feel at home in west London, and the former Valencia star admits he’s now at ease in one of the best cities in the world.
"He (Torres) gave me a car, he gave me a phone, he gave me the number of a person who helped me with the flat and everything," revealed Mata in a video interview.
"I am very happy here. I am very happy in the club and in the city. I think London is one of the best cities in the world. It gives you the opportunity to do anything you want. You have shops, restaurants, parks. I am really happy and I am enjoying the city and the culture of England."
Reflecting on the differences between La Liga and the Premier League, Mata described matches in England as ‘crazy games’, and admitted that players need to be physically prepared to for different aspects of the game in comparison to the Spanish top flight.
"In Spain, the teams are able to play more with the ball, to pass to keep control of the ball and to keep possession. And here, it's more box to box - it is like crazy games,” added Mata.
“From 60 minutes, the game is crazy and there is no midfield, lots of runs, lots of skills, lots of chances to score for both teams. So, it is difficult, you have to be ready physically to play in England."
Mata concluded by discussing his own form, revealing that he constantly works hard to try and improve – a trait he developed whilst playing for Los Che at the Mestalla Stadium.
And, whilst he’s happy with how he’s played under three different managers at Chelsea, the former Real Madrid academy star admits that he wants more at Stamford Bridge.
"When I was in Valencia, my first season was also good for me. But I tried to improve in the second one, in the third one more - to getting better as a player, to improve as a player and to have more experience. and that is what I want here," concluded Mata.
"Here it has been a good season for me personally - I have the opportunity to play in a lot of games - I think to improve as a footballer and to learn from the English game and the English culture. But I want more."