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Ex-Valencia pal Hernandez backing Chelsea star Mata to handle physical stuff in England

Valencia midfielder Pablo Hernandez has no doubts Chelsea star Juan Mata can handle the physical stuff in the Premier League.

Critics have warned he faces a big physical test at Bolton Wanderers - but Hernandez has no doubts the 23-year-old Spaniard will adapt to a more traditionally British contest.

Hernandez said: "Yes, he will be able to scrap. He works very hard for the team, trying to create constant ­danger for opposing defences. He is always looking to help his team-mates all the time.

"He has got so much quality that he would fit into any good side. He sees a lot of passes that other players don't see and is also good at one-on-ones - going past people.

"I'm sure he will keep on showing his quality."

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