Mata ready to take on greater role at Valencia

Valencia midfielder Juan Mata is happy to take on extra responsibility this coming season. With David Silva and David Villa now gone, Mata knows he must take on a greater leadership role.

Valencia midfielder Juan Mata is happy to take on extra responsibility this coming season.

With David Silva and David Villa now gone, Mata knows he must take on a greater leadership role.

"The goal of each player is to improve and take on challenges, so I'm not afraid [to become a key figure]. At 22-years-old and with three years at the club, I think I've played many games and have had some importance, so I'm not afraid at all, it only motivates me, " Mata told Super Deporte.

The Spain international has also revealed that the level of success he has achieved thus far in his career is beyond belief.

"If someone said a few years ago that I would be able to play so many games for Valencia, debut in the national team and at 22-years-old would be one of the 23 privileged to win a World Cup I would not have believed them."

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