Nemanja Matic is heading back to Chelsea
[one_fourth last=”no”][/one_fourth]Chelsea are poised to re-sign Nemanja Matic from Benfica in a £22m deal which will see the player return to Stamford Bridge after leaving the club in 2011. The Serbian midfielder signed for the Blues in 2009 from MFK Košice but during a two year spell with the club he made just two Premier League appearances and spent a season on loan with Vitesse in the Eredivisie.
When Chelsea signed David Luiz in 2011 from Benfica, Matic was included in the deal and travelled the opposite way to join the Portuguese club to offset some of the fee. He hasn’t looked back since signing for As Águias making 56 league appearances and scoring 6 goals. The midfield enforcer is exactly the type of player Mourinho is looking to add to his squad as he tries to guide Chelsea to another league title.
Mourinho doesn’t have too many options in that midfield role and he has used David Luiz alongside Ramires on occasions but Matic should now step into that position, which would see Luiz head back to central defence. Michael Essien could be off to AC Milan on loan and Frank Lampard at 35 can no longer be relied upon to start every game.
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Matic is at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground for a medical and he told A Bola: “I want to thank all the people at the club and all the supporters. Benfica will forever be in my heart. I played here for two and a half years. I gave my best in every training session, every match, and now is the right time to leave. I want to improve, I want to go to a better league and I want to go to Chelsea, the club which I also love.”
Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is set to leave Chelsea imminently for a fee of around £16-19m and his sale will finance the deal for Matic. Sources in Portugal claim that Matic will sign a contract with the West London club until 2017, but that may contain the option of a further year. The 25-year-old did have a £37 million buy-out clause in his current contract, but financial difficulties meant Benfica were forced to sell for less.