Already one week into the Premier League season, Nemanja Matic is looking like one of the best signings of the summer.
Eyebrows were raised when Chelsea sold the Serbian to a direct rival in Manchester United. Antonio Conte threw a bombshell in a press conference, as he mentioned that Matic’s sale was “not down to him”.
Matic came to Chelsea in January 2014, and has since then become one of the best midfielders in the country.
The Serb was a crucial part of Jose’s Chelsea 2.0, as he provided the cover for the likes of Fabregas and Hazard to express themselves.
Mourinho understands Matic’s importance, which is why the Portuguese has bought him for the second time in four years.
The prospect of Matic shielding the back four, gives the likes of Pogba and Mata more freedom to roam and create for Lukaku and Rashford to score.
Soon after joining the United, Matic gave an interview in which he praised Jose and Manchester United and also revealed why he left Chelsea.
“He [Mourinho] was very important for me.”
“He bought me to Chelsea from Benfica and now when I decided to come to Manchester, he was a reason to come here.”
“Mourinho was the reason and so was the club, Manchester United, so you don’t need to think a lot about if you are going to come. My decision was very quick and very clear.”
“Definitely, everyone knows what Manchester United is about.”
“When you say Manchester United, it is different. Also Chelsea is a big club, Benfica are the biggest club in Portugal. But Manchester is Manchester.”