Andre Villas-Boas has warned Chelsea fans they may have to wait until after the international break to see Juan Mata in action for the club. Wednesday night saw the Blues complete the signing of World Cup winner Mata, who is expected to add some much-needed creativity to its midfield. Manager Villas-Boas has revealed the 23-year-old, for whom Chelsea reportedly paid Valencia around £24million, is unlikely to start Saturday’s Premier League game against Norwich, although he could well be on the bench. “This league is very, very specific in terms of intensity, emotionally and culturally,” Villas-Boas said. “It doesn’t mean he’s not threatening the starting XI, but two training sessions is short for a player creating new relationships with the players. “Friday is a decisive day in terms of the strategic part of our game, so that’s when we’ll decide.” Villas-Boas has repeatedly insisted he is happy at the quality of the squad he inherited from predecessor Carlo Ancelotti, but the arrival of Mata and his pursuit of Luka Modric and Alvaro Pereira suggests otherwise. He added of Mata: “We were looking for a player that gives us some creativity in the final third. “Not that we don’t have that, but… Read full this story
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