VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 12: Juan Mata of Valencia lifts the winners trophy after the Orange Trophy match between Valencia and Roma at Estadio Mestalla on August 12, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Juan Mata Completes Move To Chelsea FC From Valencia

Spanish international Juan Mata is close to a move to Stamford Bridge, with the transfer expected to be finalized over the weekend.

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Chelsea FC Announce Signing Of Juan Mata From Valencia On Five-Year Deal

All of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC were reportedly in for Valencia and Spanish international winger Juan Mata, but it was the Blues who eventually got their main. Chelsea has announced this afternoon via their official club website that Mata has signed for the club on a five-year contract. Mata can operate as both a left winger and a central attacking midfield player, but he is expected to play almost exclusively on the left for Chelsea this season.

Speaking to the club's official website, Mata implicitly dropped the bomb on Arsenal and Spurs supporters:

'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.'

Of course, the implication there is that Mata has a much, much better chance to win trophies than he did at the other two clubs who were attempting to sign him. At this point in time, that is almost certainly true.

For more on Mata and the Blues, check out SB Nation's Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History.


Valencia Confirm Agreement For Transfer Of Juan Mata To Chelsea FC

It's been rumored for almost a week at this point, but it appears that the transfer of Juan Mata from Valencia CF to Chelsea FC is finally close to completion. Valencia have confirmed via their official club website that they have agreed to a transfer with Chelsea and that Mata will become a Chelsea player, pending the player agreeing to personal terms and passing a medical. Both of these things are expected to be mere formalities and Mata should be presented as a Chelsea player shortly. Here's the club's statement, in Spanish:

El Valencia Club de Fútbol ha llegado a un principio de acuerdo con el Chelsea FC para el traspaso del futbolista Juan Manuel Mata. El acuerdo está sujeto a las pruebas médicas pertinentes.

And here's a translation to English, via We Ain't Got No History:

Valencia Football Club has reached an agreement in principle with Chelsea FC for the transfer of the player Juan Manuel Mata. The agreement is subject to the relevant medical tests.    

For more on Mata's transfer and all things Chelsea, check out SB Nation's Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History.

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