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Juan Mata expecting "emotional" Valencia return

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Juan Mata says that his return to former club Valencia with Chelsea on Wednesday will be "emotional".

Juan Mata has said that he is expecting an "emotional" return to his former club Valencia when he lines up for Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old winger moved to Stamford Bridge over the summer for £23m after four years with the Spanish side.

"It is going to be a very special and emotional match for me playing so soon after leaving Valencia," said Mata.

"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 teammates there with whom I still keep in touch. Even though we will be rivals shortly, I am still going to do the best I can."

The Spanish international set up Fernando Torres, who opened the scoring in Chelsea's 4-1 win against Swansea City on Saturday.

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