Mata would add to any squad in world: Villas-Boas

Updated: 21 August 2011 16:00 IST

Amid reports that Juan Mata is close to being signed by Chelsea, club manager Andre Villas-Boas has praised the Valencia midfielder.

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Amid reports that Juan Mata is close to being signed by Chelsea, club manager Andre Villas-Boas has praised the Valencia midfielder.

Reports in Spanish media claim the 23-year-old is set to join the Blues for around £23.5m million.

Villas-Boas refused to comment on the matter after his side's 2-1 win over West Brom but had some good words to say for Mata. 

"He's a player who scores and assists and he can add to any squad in the world. He's not our player but he's an interesting player, a very good player," he said.

Mata has been at Valencia since 2007 and helped Spain win the under-21 European Championship this year.

Chelsea are in the hunt for a good midfielder and also have their eyes on Tottenham Hotspur's Luka Modric.

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