Chelsea seal Mata signing

The 23-year-old becomes Andre Villas-Boas’ fourth signing of the

summer, following the arrivals of Oriol Romeu, Romelu Lukaku and

Thibaut Courtois. Mata could make his debut in Saturday’s clash

with Norwich and moves to Stamford Bridge for a reported fee of

£23.5million. “Right from the first moment there have been

good feelings all around me,” Mata told the club’s official

website, www.chelseafc.com. “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.” Mata becomes

the third Spaniard at the Blues, linking up with the aforementioned

Romeu and fellow Spain international Fernando Torres. “Fernando got

me excited about the thought of coming here,” Mata said. “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.”

The former Real Madrid winger’s father, also named Juan Mata,

played professionally for Burgos and Salamanca, leading the player

to add: “This is obviously a big thing for me, to have a father who

knows football. “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.”

While Torres and his father had an influence on his move to west

London, Mata admits it was manager Villas-Boas that ultimately made

him decide to end his four-year spell at the Mestalla. “He said he

wanted Chelsea this season to play more attacking football, and

that I would be a big part of that,” he added. “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.” The move brings a quick conclusion to the

transfer after Valencia accepted an offer on Sunday evening. Mata

trained with his new team-mates for at Cobham earlier today and

could feature for Villas-Boas’ side this weekend.