Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Stoke

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 2 - 3 Chelsea

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Mata excited by Mourinho era

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is relishing working with Jose Mourinho after returning to training with the Blues.

Last Updated: 06/08/13 at 07:56 Post Comment

Juan Mata: Ready to go and keen to get cracking under Jose Mourinho.

Juan Mata: Ready to go and keen to get cracking under Jose Mourinho.

The Spanish international has been the subject of speculation that the Chelsea boss would be looking to move him out of the club following his return to Stamford Bridge.

Mata, signed from Valencia in August 2011, has won Chelsea's player of the year award in each of his two seasons in west London.

His involvement with Spain in the Confederations Cup saw Mata only return to training at Chelsea's Cobham base this week, and after meeting with his new club manager the 25-year-old appears highly motivated for the new season.

"I met with Jose on my first day in training. I think he's a great manager who did a really great job the last time he was here," Mata is quoted as saying in the Daily Star on Sunday.

"The break was really good for me. I had time to rest and disconnect from football - but now I am back at Chelsea and really looking forward to the new season.

"I'm really excited about it and I'm very happy to be here."

Summer additions such as German forward Andre Schurrle and Dutch midfielder Marko van Ginkel, along with returning loanees Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, have added a depth the Chelsea squad that has excited Mata with a fortnight to go to the start of the Premier League season.

"I think all of us are waiting to win the Premier League title," Mata added.

"We had - and still have - a very good squad and it's good to know we have so many young, talented players lining up alongside players who are legends here.

"That is a great mix to have and means we can compete."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

Raheem Sterling will not resume Liverpool contract talks until the summer

Raheem Sterling has confirmed that he will not resume talks over a new contract with Liverpool until the summer.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane wants to play for England U21s at European Championship says Roy Hodgson

Harry Kane wants to "finish the job" and go to the European U21 Championship this summer, according to Roy Hodgson.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila keen on new loan for Jason Denayer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will try to persuade Jason Denayer and Manchester City to extend the centre-back's loan.

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company