Chelsea signing Mata: Education always important to me

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata admits he's a bright spark. Mata takes his education seriously, despite a sporting career.

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata admits he's a bright spark.

Mata takes his education seriously, despite a sporting career.

The former Real Madrid winger's father, also named Juan Mata, played professionally for Burgos and Salamanca, leading the player to add: "This is obviously a big thing for me, to have a father who knows football.

"He has always given me good advice and I never had a problem because he was there to help.

"Despite there being football in my family, I always wanted to have skills other than football so I studied while I was in Madrid.

"It wasn't easy but I wanted to do it, and I learned about marketing and sports science."

 
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