Mourinho welcomes back Matic

Mourinho welcomes back Matic

Chelsea have completed the first substantial transfer deal of this years January transfer window by completing a £21million pound move for Nemanja Matic.

The 25 year old Serbian international returns to Chelsea after spending 3 years in Portugal with Benfica.

Matic has signed a 5 and a half year deal and both he and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho are very excited by the move.

I am very happy for this opportunity. I just want to say I will give my best to help the team and make the Chelsea fans happy,” said Matic

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said: “He has grown as a player in Portugal and has become a fantastic all-round midfielder.

It’s a remarkable turn of fortunes for Matic as he was valued at less than £5million pounds when he was sent off to Benfica as part of the David Luiz deal.

Now though, Mourinho could well replace Luiz in the Chelsea midfield with Matic for the huge Premier League Game this Sunday against Manchester United.

Chelsea were also busy selling a player yesterday, with Kevin De Bruyne completing a £16 million pounds move to German club Wolfsburg.

This is a significant move for Chelsea in the transfer market once more, they have strengthened in an area that they were weak in, if they can find a way to bring in a top class striker this window then I can see them challenging for both the Barclays Premier League and The UEFA Champions League this season.

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