Mata joined Chelsea from Valencia and won the FA Cup and Champions League during his time in London. The 24-year-old said that he wouldn’t have been able to achieve this with his old club such is the dominance of Los Blancos and Barca.
The Spaniard told France Foot:
“I’m a little worried to see so many players leave the Spanish Liga, for the competitiveness of the league.
“We have two teams fighting for the title, and the third, for four years, ends 30 points [behind] the champion.
“If you don’t play for Real or Barca, you can’t win a trophy.”
He’s worried that more Spanish players will have to leave just like he did in order to win things, like Fernando Torres did and Santi Cazorla has joined Arsenal hoping to win silverware (seven years? Good luck with that, Santi).