Mata played down rumours he was heading for Spurs originally.
He said: ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs not strictly true. The Chelsea offer was very ¬≠important to me and the only one that was ¬≠really worth ¬≠considering.
‚ÄúI just thought it would give me the opportunity to grow as part of a big club.
‚ÄúEver since I was a young boy I have been interested in the English league and Chelsea.
‚ÄúI have always understood the ¬≠importance of the teams that were fighting for Premier League titles. There were also a number of players I had my eye on. Like Jimmy Floyd ¬≠Hasselbaink, for example.‚ÄĚ