Chelsea Confirm Juan Mata Transfer Complete

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Aug 24, 2011

via ChelseaFC

Juan Mata completed his transfer from Valencia today, and will be available for Saturday’s game against Norwich having already trained with the squad at Cobham.

The left-winger, who can also operate centrally, signed a five-year contract and spoke exclusively with the official Chelsea website following his first training session. He becomes our fourth signing of the summer following Oriol Romeu and Romelu Lukaku’s arrivals, as well as the capture of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who has joined Atletico Madrid on loan.

‘Right from the first moment there have been good feelings all around me,’ Mata 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.’

After four years at the Mestalla, in which he scored 43 times in 179 appearances, Mata spoke with Andre Villas-Boas and was convinced Stamford Bridge was the place for him despite interest from other clubs.

‘He said he wanted Chelsea this season to play more attacking football, and that I would be a big part of that,’ the player explained. ‘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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