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Mata sets Chelsea goals

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is determined to improve on his performances for the west London outfit, despite an impressive debut campaign.

Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge last summer, the former Valencia man has become a key component in the side which won the FA Cup and Champions League earlier in May.

But, despite notching 12 goals and providing 16 assists, the Spain international is not prepared to rest on his laurels.

He told the club’s official magazine: “My focus is to continue improving. I am young as a footballer and I have to improve my game and my statistics over the next year, this is what I will try to do.

“You cannot rest on what you have achieved; you must look to the future and hope for more success.”

In addition to the FA Cup and Championship League silverware, the Spaniard was also voted as the club’s player of the year.

And, although the 24-year-old is looking to the future, Mata could not help but reflect on such a successful season, and he now intends on adding the Euro 2012 and, possibly, Olympic Games crowns to his growing list of honours.

He said: “Lifting the Champions League was an unbelievable experience – the biggest club trophy you can win – and, for me, winning the Player of the Year trophy makes me feel very happy, proud and grateful.

“I could never have expected my first season to go this well. To win the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Chelsea Player of the Year, it is incredible and I am so happy, but I want more.

“I have the European Championships in the summer and maybe the Olympic Games as well, so, who knows, perhaps I can say that I have won nearly everything I have played in this year.”

Thu 31 May, 2012
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