This Is Gonna Take Some Getting Used To…

26 Jan
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David Moyes: “My week is starting to look up!”

It’s amazing how things change on a dime, isn’t it? I’m just flashing back to the end of the last transfer window when my heart was crushed into a million pieces. I’m a neutral in this case, but it still makes me so incredibly sad. Mata loved, and was loved by, Chelsea.

It’s been heartbreaking watching him sit on the bench for so long. He’s an absolutely brilliant footballer. I have no freaking clue why Mou didn’t play him but he’s the coach and it’s his decision to make. I’m just glad that Mata made a typically classy & graceful exit. He knew he wasn’t going to get a look in so he skipped the drama and simply moved on. I admire his cool in handling what was undoubtedly a very difficult time in his life. He’s a star. No doubt about it.

His farewell letter to Chelsea fans and staff was wonderfully emotional and written with the warmth and sheer decency we’ve grown to expect from Juanin.

From his website:

“I never forget: thanks, Chelsea!”

Juan Mata says good bye to Chelsea in an emotional letter

Hi everyone, As you can imagine this is a very important day in my life, and with these lines I would like to express the memories and emotions that come to me as I write.

This letter is written from my heart, and first of all I would like to say that I will never forget all the affection given to me by the Chelsea fans. From the very first day until the last. With your support and affection I have grown up as a player and I have had an amazing time both on and off the pitch. I will always feel the gratitude towards you. Always. No words are enough to give back all the things I have received.

There has been plenty of good moments: the FA Cup, my first trophy as a Blue; the immense happiness of winning titles for the first time in the club’s history, such as that magical Champions League night in Munich and the Europa League… On the other hand, I have experienced some complicated situations from a personal point of view, mainly during the last six months.

Every message I got through the social media, every nice word you have said to me on the street, and of course, your support in the stadium, has made me feel incredibly proud of the Chelsea fans; you deserve a team like the one you’ve got, with so many fantastic players.

I won’t forget the faith you put in me when I was given the player of the year award the last two seasons. I feel really proud and I will never forget those nights.

Thank you so much for the way you have treated me, you have been unbelievable. I hope you understand that after going through a complicated and, for me, new situation in the last few months,

I believe this is the best choice in order to carry on with my football career and to keep enjoying this sport. Before last summer, my intention was to stay here for a long time; as long as the club wanted me to, and to keep winning trophies for Chelsea FC.

This is how happy I was in the club and in the city. However, as you all know, things changed after the preseason. From feeling like an important player, I started to experience some difficult situations and I felt unable to help the team to the extent that I wanted and was used to. Obviously, I fully respect the circumstances.

Football is a team sport and it’s not easy to play regularly in such a good squad. In sports you may win or lose, but the most important thing is to give everything. I hope you know and feel that I have always done so. In every game, in every training session, without exception.

I have always tried my best for the club. I would like to emphasise the affection, admiration and respect that I’ve had for my former team mates since the first day. I want to thank the captains for their help and understanding at all times. They made me feel comfortable when I arrived and they have supported me throughout the difficult times this season.

I thank all my former team mates for these two and a half years and I wish them the best, personally and professionally, for the future. Of course I have been closer to some of them, but the most important thing is that my years in Chelsea have left me with great friends.

Friends forever, football rivalries aside. I also want to highlight the day-to-day job of every member of the Chelsea staff: medical team, kit men, staff at Cobham and Stamford Bridge, media and marketing department, Chelsea TV team… All of them are very important in making this club a great one.

Thank you for your treatment and your efforts to make the life of the players easier. Furthermore, thanks to every manager I have had the pleasure to work with during my time here. They have all been a big help for my progression as a player. I have always respected their decisions, whatever they were; they made me more mature and a stronger person.

You learn from everything, and certain situations make you think about other team mates who are coping with similar situations more regularly. Thank you Andre for giving me the opportunity to join Chelsea FC. Without your support, none of this would have happened.

To Robbie and Rafa, for their unlimited trust in me. And to Jose, for making me a stronger player, because in difficult moments, I have learnt to remain positive and to keep working hard. Lastly, I want to thank the Club, and in particular its owner, Roman Abramovich, for trusting me and making an important investment when signing me.

Also for their understanding regarding my situation over the last months. I’m very glad to have been part of the squad that made his and our dream come true: winning the Champions League on that unforgettable night in Munich. Additionally, my years in Chelsea have been profitable for the club, which I’m very pleased about. I want to make clear that the stage that now comes to an end has been extremely important for me, personally and professionally.

Although many of you, like myself, never thought this moment would come, this is football and a new chapter is about to begin. I would have liked to say good bye to all of you in the stadium, or in a press conference, but it has not been possible. I’m sure,

i will be able to do it in the future, because is what you deserve. Evidently, today is a day of mixed feelings, remembering the past and looking forward to the future and what it has to bring.

I look forward to being happy and to enjoy what I like the most: play football. I will never forget my time in Chelsea and the affection I take with me, I will keep forever. I wish you the best. A big hug to all of you.

THANK YOU so much,
Juan

He posted this on Instagram with the beautiful caption “Gratitude is the memory of the heart

b0b50b1e860a11e385020e36ca40396c_8And Fernando, ever at his side in his big moments. Long live Tormata! I gotta admit, I got weepy reading his letter. The guy is a class act.

Juan got his model on and was interviewed for Fuera de Serie yesterday. (You may remember that Xabi was featured a couple of weeks ago).

juan 4juan 1juan 3juan 2Unamadridista did a translation of the interview over on conlaroja. You can read Juan’s musings and see a few of his favorite things.

I’m glad that Mata has gone somewhere that he will get the playing time that he deserves. I’m sure all you MUFC supporters are happy to have him as well. I’m not worried about Juan. He seems to me the kind of guy that will land on his feet no matter where he ends up. He’s too good not to be playing. He’ll thrive in whatever environment where he’s given a chance. May he go from strength to strength.

And, while pretty much everyone in the world is completely side eyeing the what-the-fuckery of selling Mata, please no Mou bashing because:

A.  I don’t want to hear it.
B.  If Juan didn’t bash him, let’s have as much class as young Mr. Mata.
C.  It’s Mou’s birthday.
D.  It’s Maisougio’s birthday.
E.  You’ll give me agita and I’m already sick enough.
F.  I really, really, really don’t want to hear it. Please scream your rage to the unfairness of life elsewhere.
G.  All of the above.

Let’s just get excited that we get to see Juan thundering down the pitch again like a tiny, brilliant pony.  And once more, for old times’ sake, let’s take a moment to “enjoy” the horror that was The Mata Rap.

-Lozil

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24 Responses to “This Is Gonna Take Some Getting Used To…”

  1. mygypsyspirit January 26, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    I love you

  2. Anonymous January 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    He’s gonna be just fine and I look forward to seeing him con la roja in brazil!

  3. ginamontella January 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    It’s amazing that he took the time to write up that message to his fans, team mates, coach and friends. I wish him all the luck, and definitely look forward to him playing his best again at man united and in Brazil with Spain!

    Ps he’s got such beautiful blue eyes!!!

    • headbandsandheartbreak January 26, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

      I know, right? He’s just the epitome of class. You can tell that he really cares. And his eyes are GORGEOUS!

  4. hopechaser January 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Thanks for posting his letter! I tried to read it yesterday but when I could finally load the page the big block of text was too much for tired eyes. I watched the interview instead. Less sniffles with that one.

    A friend of mine and I were waiting last summer to see if Wenger would pony up for him, as the Gunners run a game well-suited to his talents. We know what happened there. But we resigned ourselves to a move. It’s not Southampton or Everton as I secretly hoped though not a bad choice. And the cover art on ManU site welcoming him is awesome!

    My complaint is the lack of acknowledgement and farewells from his CFC teammates. Other than Fer and Azpi, I’m only aware of Eto’o posting something. I find this sorrowing, given everything he put into the ‘team’. If it was Arsenal or RM you know social media would have lit up.

    (BTW, the Guardian piece today provides insight into how it all went down. Not surprised by the steps taken.)

    • headbandsandheartbreak January 27, 2014 at 12:19 am #

      I was very surprised that there was nothing from David Luiz. I thought they were close.

      • Anonymous January 28, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

        Now you mention it, that is a bit weird huh? I’m sure he contacted him privately, but it’s weird for someone who posts constantly on instagram to ignore it. Oscar too, since they are neighbours and close too.

        My family are United fans, and there were a few hysterical tears when we found out Mou was letting him fly to Manchester for a medical. There is a lot of pressure on him, but he played really well tonight and hopefully become a legend at the club. Still weird seeing him in red but I can get used to it.

        • Anonymous January 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

          Sorry I can’t seem to log onto my account :/ It’s backwards.

  5. jellyace January 26, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Makes me glad that Juanin enjoyed his off time by thoroughly enjoying the city he was working in. Between him and Chicharito MUFC will have this cute “kiddie section.”

  6. KJEzelle January 27, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    May I one day possess the class and poise of Juanito when in a difficult situation.

    Also, I can’t decide if the Mata Rap or the Karim song is worse. Too traumatized to analyze.

  7. Miss_F January 27, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    Absolutely cannot wait to him in a United shirt. He is going to be amazeballs! 🙂

  8. Patricia January 27, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Aw, the loveliest man in the game, inside and out! Was hoping he’d be off to Napoli, as rumored, to join Rafa, Pippa, Calleti, Arbeloa, et al. But have nothing against United. Hoping he gets lots of playing time and does well for them. And, as I love his Monday morning blog posts and know next to nothing about Manchester, I’m looking forward to his travel advice and photos.

  9. Chel January 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    I’m a Man Utd fan and am ecstatic he’s now our player 🙂

  10. Natalie January 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    He is as classy as Xabi. Showed so much class in this letter that it is great. I am sad for Chelsea and fenando and Dave, but Man U got amazing player.

  11. JK January 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    My heart is equal parts Blue and Merengue, and after seeing Ozil move on this summer, this move just opened a wound. Its so hard to watch these players who are loved by the fans and who are incredibly devoted to their club get, in a way, forced out. Juan looks so good in BLUE! I miss his cheesy jokes already and am hoping the United fans appreciate the gem they’ve gotten and NEVER take him for granted!

    • Jules January 28, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

      Indeed- Juan belongs in Blue.

      I’ve been avoiding all the transfer window news and rumors because I knew something was coming, and it’s just heartbreaking. Took an embarrassing number of tissues and chocolates to get through his farewell letter on Saturday night. I had been hoping for a loan, as bizarro as that would’ve been, because while he needs (and deserves) to play, a new generation of Chelsea players and fans had already started to build around Mata.

      I would have loved for him to get the playing time he needs to make the WC squad and remain a Blue; I respect his acceptance of a situation out of his control. It’s bitter to see him go to United, not only because of any rivalry, but because they’re doing so poorly this season and I don’t want to see his fortunes and opportunities suffer as a result.

      Chelsea fans will miss his intelligence, skill, class, and heart.

  12. Caroline February 1, 2014 at 6:51 am #

    What a class lad. So happy for his positive outlook on his situation and kind letter to fans. He will be missed by all! *im a LFC fan*

  13. Cosi March 4, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    As a Blues fan I am still desperately trying to make my peace with Juan’s graceful exeunt. Tormata will never be the same! I do hope MU’s season improves, for his sake. (It has taken me this long to drag myself out of my black hole of despair and catch up on HBHB news.)

    Bss X

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