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Mata proud of relationship with Chelsea fans

Juan Mata admits he's surprised by how Chelsea fans have taken to him since his arrival almost two years ago.

Mata has been in sensational form since ­arriving from Valencia in a £23.5million deal in August 2011.­­ And he has become a firm fans' favourite since scoring on his Chelsea debut in a 3-1 win against ­Norwich City.

He told the Daily Star Sunday: "It has surprised me ­because I didn't expect to be so successful so soon.

"When you change the country you play in, you are a little bit scared because you don't know how it will work out.

"But I scored on my debut - and, thankfully, everything has been good since then."

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