The midfielder thinks his national team-mate is worth the large fee.
Ever since making the £50m transfer to Chelsea from Liverpool in January 2011, Fernando Torres has struggled to live up to the expectations.
Yet the match-winning performance the striker put in last weekend against Premier League title rivals Manchester City – in which Torres set up Andre Schurrle before scoring a 90th minute winner – has made some critics reconsider their evaluation of the Spaniard.
National and club team-mate Juan Mata is the latest to speak out in defence of the 29-year-old, claiming the attacking midfielder always knew the forward would come good and justify the price-tag.
“He’s had difficult moments since he came, but now he looks like he’s happy,” Mata told the Evening Standard.
“He deserves it. I hope he scores more, he plays more and continues to enjoy himself on the pitch.
“I see him enjoying his football again and that’s important. He can bring a lot of good things for the club and the national team over the next year.”
Whilst Torres is enjoying a resurgent spell at Stamford Bridge, it’s now Mata who is being left in the cold by manager Jose Mourinho.
The 25-year-old has been limited to starting just four league matches and one Champions League tie this season as Mourinho experiments with different players.
It’s a frustrating time for the Spain international and is something that Mata surely won’t put up with for too long – especially with clubs like Paris Saint-Germain extremely keen to add the player to their ranks.
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