Thibaut Courtois has confirmed Chelsea board could not stop the move of Serbian star Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, as the midfielder asked to leave in the summer.
The Belgian star told The Independent: “If a player nowadays wants to go to a team, then he has – I don’t want to say the power – but if he has a strong will to leave and join another team then it is hard for the club,”
“You cannot just ignore him and say ‘you cannot leave’ because then you have a disappointed player who won’t play at his best”.
“So obviously for us you give a player to another big team, but they are choices that are made in football and we have some quality midfielder, so I hope we can show on Sunday that we are better.”
Manchester United has signed Matic from Chelsea on a £40m move and the midfielder put the pen to paper on a three-year-deal.