LONDON: Chelsea’s latest signing, Juan Mata, says he joined the Blues because their sporting ambition was better than that of Arsenal or Tottenham. “I want to come to England to win trophies,” he said. “It was also a question of sporting achievement, not money. Arsenal and Tottenham were also interested but they didn’t compare with the Blues. I want the Premier League title and this is possible with Chelsea.” Mata also revealed Chelsea striker Fernando Torres played a part in his decision. “Torres helped influence my decision but speaking directly with Villas-Boas was the decisive factor.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th, 2011.