Mata took Torres' advice

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Juan Mata has revealed that Tottenham and Arsenal had both made offers for his signature, but he chose Chelsea because they have a more realistic chance of winning the title.

Chelsea confirmed on Sunday that Valencia had come to an agreement with the club for Mata worth over £25 million, and the deal is set to be finalised today.

Mata’s move to Stamford Bridge will seal a successful week for Andre Villas-Boas on the transfer front, with Belgian star Romelu Lukaku also joining the Blues, despite interest in the starlet dubbed 'the next Didier Drogba' from numerous European clubs.

And Mata said that while other clubs had made enquiries for his services, he chose Chelsea because they can offer trophies and a game plan that centres around his contributions.

"I want to come to England to win trophies - and that's why I accepted Chelsea's offer," Mata told The Sun.


"It was also a question of sporting achievement, not money. Arsenal and Tottenham were both interested in me but they did not compare with the Blues.

"I want the Premier League title and this is possible at Chelsea."

Mata sighted Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard and Villas-Boas as three deciding factors in his move.

He added: "Fernando Torres helped influence my decision but speaking directly with Villas-Boas was the decisive factor. He explained how his style will be based on 4-3-3 and how important I will be to his plans.

"Frank Lampard is a monster of a footballer to play alongside and the prospect of that is incredible."

Mata scored eight goals in La Liga last season, and was a member of Spain's 2010 World Cup winning squad. The winger also captained the Spanish Under 21s side in the European U21 Championships earlier this summer.

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