Conte regrets Matic sale to Manchester United

Rufina Vignone
Августа 13, 2017

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been speaking about the sale of Nemanja Matic, and has explained just why he was so angry at Chelsea for the sale - and it's not just because it has allowed Manchester United to bolster their side.

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"I am only 19-years-old and still have a lot to learn and therefore getting the opportunity to play more games on a regular basis will help my development".

Having patrolled the middle of the park so effectively for the Blues as they clinched the Premier League title in 2016/17, Matic was expected was to provide similar service towards their title defence this season.

"Matic knows very well what I think about him", Conte is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "I had the benefit of realising how good he is when he's playing just in front of you, on and off the ball", said the England global to Sky Sports on Wednesday. You've got to understand what the club is all about. All of a sudden United are in the driving seat ahead of Chelsea to win the Premier League. He is probably the best in England alongside N'Golo Kante.

Chelsea have strengthened too, but not as much as they would have liked given the added demands of Champions League football - but Giggs thinks they will still be in the mix.

But Cahill insists Matic will be missed.

Antonio Conte told the Evening Standard that he had hoped to utilize Nemanja Matic in a mentorship role for the newly acquired Tiemoue Bakayoko. I think he's capable of dropping deep or playing in an old-fashioned midfield two but he can get further forward and I expect him to be more effective this year.

On the eve of the first Saturday of the new Premier League season, it is always worth consulting the mood of each camp before the marathon begins.

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