Cazorla backing fellow Spaniard to earn back Chelsea place.
Arsenal star Santi Cazorla is backing his international team mate and friend Juan Mata to come through his difficult time with Chelsea at the moment, according to the Metro.
Mata has been one of Chelsea’s best players for the last couple of years, and contributed an incredible 20 goals and 35 assists for the Blues in all competitions last term, though he has surprisingly found himself out of favour under new manager Jose Mourinho this season.
This has come as a surprise to many of the club’s fans and to neutrals and pundits, and has seen the 25-year-old linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Cazorla’s team Arsenal mentioned as one of many who could look to snap up the Spanish international.
However, his international colleague Cazorla feels sympathy for his situation at Chelsea and is backing him to come through stronger and reclaim his place in the team.
“As well as being a great player he is a great friend for everything that we have been through together and I know that he is going through a tough time,” said the former Malaga star.
“After two spectacular years at Chelsea, being their best player, playing at a tremendous level, and being one of the best players in the Premier League, football has changed for him from one year to the next.
“But he seems calm and convinced that he is going to change the situation and he has a lot of faith in himself. I think he will show that he is worth his place in the team at Chelsea, but it is difficult for him at the moment because going from being an important player to being on the bench is tough.”
Mata will be in direct competition with Cazorla for a place in the Spanish national side for next summer’s World Cup, and will be desperate to be playing regular first-team football before then to impress manager Vicente Del Bosque.