Matic is a 'gross loss' for us, admits Chelsea boss Conte

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 12, 2017

But Wright said the Blues appeared to be in a worse position compared to last season due to the extent of upheaval in the squad that won the Premier League title.

"He did well as Chelsea won the league previous year, but he didn't go back to the level of 2014/15 and Cesc Fabregas was playing a lot more in the second half of last season".

Nemanja Matic made 112 defensive actions in the Premier League last season.

Lampard has no doubt that Matic's arrival will make United stronger.

"Whether Conte knows something different to us, I don't know", he said. Was it his dream to go and play for Manchester United?

The move has reunited Matic with former manager Jose Mourinho, who last week described the 29-year-old as a "genius" after he impressed in a friendly win over Sampdoria in Dublin, as well as prompting many to question why Chelsea would willingly strengthen a domestic rival.

"Matic has intelligence and experience of the Premier League".

Man Utd Jose Mourinho Nemanja Matic Chelsea
GETTY Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho signed Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for £40m

Fellow summer signing Lindelof struggled at times in a United defence that was missing several players through injury or suspension against Zinedine Zidane's Champions League winners.

"He seemed like he wanted to leave previous year at times, although he was very influential and played very well", he said of Costa.

Prior to his first "official" goal for United, Lukaku had already scored three times for the club during pre-season with strikes against Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Valerenga.

On the prospect of re-signing Ibrahimovic once the 35-year-old striker has recovered, Mourinho said: "We are having conversations and discussing the possibility of him staying for the second part of the season". "I think we just have to accept it and move on".

"I think he's very similar in a way to Michael Carrick".

"Once he gets into that, and comfortable with the surroundings - and the magnitude of what's expected of him - he'll be a good signing".

Almost 12 months on from his then world record transfer from Juventus, Pogba has emerged as a leader within Mourinho's squad and will certainly be looking to push on this season.

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