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Juan Mata joined Chelsea in 2011 from Valencia. He stayed at Stamford Bridge for three seasons, winning Champions League and Europa League with the Blues.
Mata left Chelsea in the 2014 January transfer window to Manchester United after impressing at Stamford Bridge.
Juan Mata was interviewed by Planet Football about his autobiography Suddenly A Footballer and he named six great Chelsea players that he shared a dressing with – with John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole, Petr Cech and Branislav Ivanovic all on the list.
“I have been very lucky in my career to play with amazing players,” he said. “I will say some names and will forget many, but these are the players at that instantly come to mind.
“At Valencia when I was still only 19, I played with David Villa, who was an incredible striker. Also with Fernando Morientes, David Albelda, Ruben Baraja and Vicente. All of them were incredible players and when you consider I was just a young player, it was an amazing experience to learn from them all.
“Then I go to Chelsea and you have Terry, Lampard, Drogba, Cech, Ashley Cole and Ivanovic in a very strong dressing room. At Manchester United, you have Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick. All of these guys made me a better player.”