Friday, 7 June 2013


ABOVE: Juan Mata feels The Special One can give Chelsea a winning edge
We have a great squad and fantastic supporters behind us
Juan Mata
7th June 2013

By Scott Coleman

JUAN MATA is convinced Chelsea can win the Premier League under Jose Mourinho next season.

Mourinho’s long-awaited return to Stamford Bridge was confirmed on Monday when he signed a four-year contract to replace Rafael Benitez.

Chelsea have won the league once since Mourinho led them to successive titles in 2005 and 2006.

Mata has enjoyed success in Europe with Chelsea, winning the Europa League this summer 12 months after the Champions League.

But the Spaniard has yet to win the Premier League – and he wants that to change.

“Winning the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League was great, but I really want to win the Premier League title next season,” the said.

“If we start well, we can do it. We have a great squad and fantastic supporters behind us.

“For me it would be amazing to win four trophies in three seasons. It would be a very special feeling to win the Premier League and I’m looking forward to hopefully doing so.”

Mourinho underlined his desire to keep David Luiz at Chelsea in his first interview since taking over, and he also
spoke about the need to strengthen the squad.

Chelsea are in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over the possible signing of forward Andre Schurrle, 22.
Mourinho met general manager Rudi Voller prior to Michael Ballack’s testimonial in Leipzig, where the Portuguese managed a World XI.

Several other targets have been mooted, including Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic.

Several players are likely to leave Stamford Bridge. Florent Malouda has already admitted he will go, while Hilario, Ross Turnbull, Paulo Ferreira and Yossi Benayoun are also out of contract.

Benayoun, 33, has been linked with a move to the United States, but his agent Ronen Katzav said: “It’s too early to say which is the best option yet.”

Keeper Turnbull, 28, has been unable to edge out Petr Cech and has started just six Premier League in four years at the club.

He is understood to be in talks with four English clubs.