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Former Chelsea coach and player Ray Wilkins admitted that seeing Nemanja Matic moving from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford annoyed him last summer:
“I’m annoyed he’s [Nemanja Matic] been allowed to leave Stamford Bridge,” Wilkins told Sky Sports about the Serbian signing for Manchester United.

Wilkins is also concerned about N’Golo Kante’s fitness, since the French midfielder – that made the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or– picked up an injury while on duty with France in this international break:

Kante has injured himself the other night with his thigh, we don’t know if he will be playing at the weekend.¨

The Serbian midfielder, however, has been one of José Mourinho‘s best performers in this start of the season, with United topping the table with only two points lost at Stoke City‘s stadium back in September:

“Matic for me is the best holding midfield player, one of the best in the world anyway. I’m very sad that he’s left.”

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville reveals he’s still astonished by Nemanja Matic‘s move to Old Trafford from Chelsea.

The Serbian midfielder, who completed the transfer a couple of weeks ago, was a key-player in the last two successful Chelsea campaigns in the Premier League ( 2014/2015 and 2016/2017) and it seems he will have a fundamental role also at the Red Devils.

Matic was one of the best players in the team that beat West Ham 4-0 at Old Trafford last Sunday:

“You cannot believe Chelsea have given Mourinho a piece of the jigsaw in Matic,” Neville told Sky Sports, where he is a pundit now.

“I can’t think of one reason why Chelsea sold him.

“United beat Chelsea to Lukaku and then Chelsea have handed them Matic. They look like the type of players that were needed to correct what was wrong last season, and Chelsea have helped them and had a big influence on that.”

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Gary Neville reckons Nemanja Matic‘s move from Chelsea to Manchester United is strange: according to the former Red Devils defender the Blues don’t have a valid substitute yet.

“It’s a strange one for Chelsea to let him go because I thought he was good for them with Kante and I think they need to strengthen,” said Neville speaking to Sky Sports.

“So I’m not quite sure why they’re letting him go but they must have replacements lined up.

“United need a holding midfield player. Schneiderlin was let go, Schweinsteiger didn’t get a game and so they need a replacement in there and Matic fits the bill.

Michael Carrick can’t play every single week so they need a player that can come in and do the same job as Carrick and Matic can do that.”

The move reunites Matic with his former Chelsea manager José Mourinho, under whom he won a Premier League title in 2015. The Portuguese himself was the man who brought Matic back to Stamford Bridge, after the Serbian midfielder moved to Benfica in January 2011 in David Luiz‘s deal.

“Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player,” the former Chelsea boss told MUTV after the signing was official.

 “I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him. A big welcome to our new number 31.”

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is really cose to reunite with his ex boss José Mourinho at Old Trafford.

In fact, the Serbian midfielder is set to undergo medical to sign for Manchester United within the next 48 hours.

The Red Devils are believed to have offered about £ 40m to the London side to sign Matic, who moved to Chelsea twice, in 2009 and in 2014, with a spell at Benfica in the middle.

Matic is set to join his new team-mates when United pre-season will start on July 9.

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Nemanja Matic praised former Chelsea teammate Branislav Ivanovic after the Serbian star joined Zenit St Petersburg on Deadline Day.

The 32-year-old helped Matic since the current Blues’ midfielder joined Chelsea in 2008 coming back to London in 2011 from Benfica.

When asked about Ivanovic, Matic told Standard Sport: “When I first came here eight years ago, he helped me a lot in the changing room, in training sessions because my English was terrible. 

“He was my older brother at the club and it was a pleasure to play with him. I wish him all the best for the rest of his career.

“He has gone to a big club in Russia and is still captain in the national team, so we will still get to play together. But it was a pleasure to train and have him as a team-mate at Chelsea.”

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Chelsea vice captain Branislav Ivanovic

Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic officially moves to Zenit St Petersburg on January 2017 transfer window deadline day.

The Serbian defender, who scored in his last Stamford Bridge appearance last Saturday, posted a selfie of himself with a Zenit training t-shirt, probably after undergoing a medical.

Here is the snap:

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic provided some thoughts on his professional career so far, in an interview for Chelsea FC Magazine.

The Serbia international impressed Red Star Belgrade talent scouts playing for his village team against Obrenovac: “Their football academy was one of the best in Yugoslavia, – Matic said – We played against them and lost 5-0 but the coach then found the telephone number f my home and he called my father to ask if I would go there to train, but I didn’t want to go from my village. I wanted to stay there”.

“After a while, when I grew up a little bit, I realised the team in my village was not that good. We didn’t have a good league so I went to that team in Obrenovac and after that it was easier for me. From there, I went to Red Star Belgrade, which is the biggest club in Serbia.”

“We were top of the table, but I played only six months there before an agent saw me in one game and asked me to go on trial to a team from the Slovakian first division called Kosice”.

“I said ‘Why not?’ I was only playing Serbian third division at that time. So I left to go to Slovakia, where my coach was Jan Kozac, who is now manager of the Slovakian national team”.

“He saw me when I spent seven days with the team and he said: ‘This player needs to stay,’ so I signed a contract.”

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Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic will captain Serbia against Wales in Russia 2018 Wolrd Cup Qualifiers tonight.

The defender admits he is scared by Welsh skipper and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale:

“We have to play much much better than last time to get something from the game because Wales is a completely different team from that moment.”

Ivanovic scored Serbia’s fifth in their 6-1 demolition of Wales in their 2014 World Cup qualifying game in September 2012 and the ex Jugoslavia national team also won 3-0 the other game in Cardiff in 2013:

“Those kind of games happen may be once in 100 years. It’s very difficult to win against one team three times in a row even when the opponent is not that strong and you cannot say that about Wales,” the Chelsea defender said.

“I think he is the biggest name and biggest star in the Wales team. But I think Wales as a group have improved.

“The team have played a couple of years together to bring results and will, of course, be very difficult to stop Gareth Bale and the rest of the guys.”

“Bale has already scored three times in qualifying and is just three goals behind Ian Rush at the top of Wales’ all time top goal scorer list.”

 

 

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has been targeted by Crystal Palace, according to the Croydon Advertiser.

Also Marseille, West Ham and AC Milan have been previously linked with a move for the 32-year-old, who joined the Blues in the summer of 2008.

The Serbia international’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

Moreover, Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning could reportedly try to lure Ivanovic with a massive contract offer.

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