By FOX Sports Staff
Both Mata and Bale were nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award alongside Robin Van Persie, Eden Hazard, Michael Carrick and Luis Suarez but it was the Welshman who emerged the big winner after winning the most votes from his fellow players for both Young Player and Player of the Year awards.
Mata offered his congratulations to Bale, but is confident of trumping Tottenham in the race for a Champions League spot this season.
"Congratulations to Gareth Bale for being named player of the year and young player of the year," Mata wrote on his blog.
"He's a superb player with amazing skills and he's only 23 years old.
"I couldn't have thought about a better way to celebrate [my birthday] than a victory and the company of my family and friends.
"We managed to beat a competitive Swansea, a team with some friends of mine like Pablo [Hernandez] and Michu.
"[They are] three key points in our aim to be in the next Champions League, even more after Arsenal and Tottenham's draws [against Manchester United and Wigan respectively]."
Chelsea will face a tough test this Sunday when they travel to play newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester United at Old Trafford.