New Chelsea signing Juan Mata has revealed a number of factors which were influential in his decision to join the club, as outlined in the Telegraph.
Whilst Arsenal and Tottenham were both strongly linked with Mata, as soon as the Spanish Internationalist begun liaising with Chelsea personnel over a possible move to Stamford Bridge, the Blues were the only club for him.
“Fernando Torres helped influence my decision but speaking directly with Andre Vilas-Boas was the decisive factor. (Specifically) he explained how his style will be based on a 4-3-3 and how important I will be to his plans,” revealed Mata, who also believes he is better placed at Chelsea, than he would be at their London rivals, to satisfy a burning desire to win trophies.
“It was a question of sporting achievement, not money. Arsenal and Tottenham were both interested in me but they did not compare with the Blues. I want to win the Premier League title and this is possible at Chelsea.”
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Juve ‘keeper targeted.
The uncertainty Andre Vilas-Boas has over the ability of his second choice goal-keeper, Hilario to competently deputise for the injured Petr Cech over month ahead, has led the Chelsea manager to explore the possibility of exploring his goal-keeping options.
Specifically, the Mirror reports that, Vilas-Boas had Juventus No.2 Marco Storari watched whilst the 34-year-olf Italian kept goal in a reserve team tournament for the Turin giants last weekend.
Storari has a wealth of experience in Italian football having made in excess of 300 competitive appearances, 23 of which have been for Juventus since he joined the club last June for £4m from AC Milan. Subsequently it is this pedigree which is thought to have led to Vilas-Boas earmarking Storari as a potential candidate to provide better support to Cech, than the club’s current reserve keepers.
Terry impressed with AVB.
The positive impact Andre Vilas-Boas has made at Chelsea, since his appointment as the club’s manager in May has not gone unnoticed by Blues defender John Terry, according to Sky Sports.
In addition to enjoying an unbeaten start in the Premier League, Terry testifies that Vilas-Boas has impressed the players with his ideas and philosophy on how to improve Chelsea’s performance over the season ahead.
“I have been really impressed with the importance he puts on training sessions. Usually in pre-season, we just run. But from the very first day, he showed us how he wanted us to play,” Terry revealed before going onto specify this. “He wants us to press, play high up the pitch, putting more pressure onto the opposition. He says it will take time and matches for it to work.”
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