25/01/2014 23:13, Report by Adam Marshall
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Introducing... Juan Mata

Manchester United have sealed the stunning signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea. Here, we run the rule over Old Trafford's new arrival...

Born: 28/04/1988; Burgos, Spain.

Background: Mata established himself as one of the Barclays Premier League's biggest stars after making an instant impact at Chelsea. The world-class schemer scored 12 goals in his debut season in 2011/12 at Stamford Bridge before bagging 11 in the league alone last term. A former Real Madrid 'B' player, he shone at Valencia and became one of La Liga's most influential performers. Chelsea won the race to sign him in 2011, despite reported interest from Arsenal, and he repaid their faith with a string of top-drawer performances. It was no surprise when he was voted the club's Player of the Year in both of his full campaigns in the capital, to go alongside his FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League winners' medals. At international level, the list of honours is even more impressive. Among Spain's World Cup and European Championship winners, Mata made a single substitute appearance in South Africa 2010 and scored in the final of Euro 2012 against Italy. The 25-year-old also captained Spain to European Under-21 Championship glory in 2011 and represented his country in the London 2012 Olympics.

Where does he play? Most at home in the no.10 role but he can also play out wide on the left and has the creativity to hurt defences from all over the pitch. He told Chelsea's official website: “'I'm not a striker but obviously the more goals I can score the better it is for the team. Last season I changed my position slightly and I was playing in a more central role, so that's better for me in terms of getting into the box and scoring goals. I feel I've improved my judgement of when to arrive in the box, as well as providing assists, so it's important for me to score goals. His creativity sets him apart - only two players in Premier League history boast a better minutes-per-goal-assist rate, and since arriving in

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