Sunday, 25 September 2011

Respect to ex team-mates does Mata

Juan Mata expects next week to be 'special and very ­emotional'. The £23m Spaniard returns to old club Valencia in the ­Champions League – just a month after leaving. Valencia were reluctant to let him leave but badly needed the cash, like many of the La Liga clubs. Mata can expect a rousing ­reception from understanding fans but his celebrations will be heavily muted if he scores. He said: “It is going to be a very special and emotional match for me playing so soon after leaving ­Valencia. But my priority now is to win for Chelsea. But I will try to be very ­respectful if I do score and not ­celebrate. The fact of the matter is that I was there for four years and had a ­wonderful time. Everything was very positive and I had great team-mates there with whom I still keep in touch.”

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