Juan Mata finally made the much needed move to Chelsea and looks all set to play for Chelsea in our next game against Norwich this Saturday. He also trained with the rest of the team at Cobham.
Juan Mata has signed a five year contract with the reported transfer price of around £23.5m. Following his training session with the Chelsea team Mata shared his views on his acquisition by Chelsea. He also confirmed that there were more clubs interested in him most notably Arsenal and Tottenham, but it was Villa Boas' vision which made him join Chelsea (as mentioned by him in his interview ahead).
Juan Mata after joining Chelsea
Juan Mata on his move to Chelsea:
"Right from the first moment there have been good feelings all around me. 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."
"He (Andre Villas Boas) said he wanted Chelsea this season to play more attacking football, and that I would be a big part of that. 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."
"Fernando got me excited about the thought of coming here, he said it would be good for me here and that me and him together could be good. I also talked to my family and friends about it as well."
"This is obviously a big thing for me, to have a father who knows football, and he has always given me good advice and I never had a problem because he was there to help."
"Despite there being football in my family, I always wanted to have skills other than football so I studied while I was in Madrid."
"It wasn't easy but I wanted to do it, and I learned about marketing and sports science. Away from football I like normal things for someone of my age, the cinema, music, theatre and reading. I am looking forward to living in London and adapting to a new cosmopolitan city and getting to know that."
Juan Mata, a left-winger who can also operate centrally in an attacking role is our fourth new signing of this summer following the arrivals of Oriol Romeu, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois who has joined Atletico Madrid on loan.
In his four years which he spent at Valencia, he went on to make 179 appearances and scored 43 times. He also becomes the third Spanish player to be signed by Chelsea in 2011 following Fernando Torres's signing from Liverpool in January and Oriol Romeu who arrived from Barcelona.
'Where will he fit in' is the big question everyone must be discussing and debating, for me it has to be his normal position. This will be beneficial to both the club and the player (at least at the start when he is settling in). Right now Chelsea lack an out-an-out left winger. We have Malouda but he plays mostly on the right from where he is more prolific.
Kalou for me never was a winger and if he has to play then it has to be behind the striker, he hardly delivers in any good crosses. He is good in running at defenders but you need good cross from the flanks, Malouda does so from the right and with Mata in we now will have someone doing the same for Chelsea as Malouda does. Same goes with Anelka, he is a forward and not a winger so I will not criticize him as he is decent striker and can be the best in his position.
But based on the last two performances I would say Kalou should start on the bench. We have more influential players like Josh McEachran, new signings Romelu Lukaku & Oriol Romeu and Benayoun to an extent who look to be a good option given the current state of play. And it was no surprise when the manager replaced him with Malouda before half time in the last game against West Brom.
Juan Mata will fill in this gap and provided that much needed width on the left side of the field.
I welcome Juan Mata to Chelsea Football Club on behalf of all the Chelsea Fans worldwide and wishing him a prolific career as a Chelsea player.
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