Matic re­united with for­mer man­ager at United

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON to play­ing my part in cre­at­ing more his­tory for this great club.”

Mour­inho told the club’s web­site: “Ne­manja is a Manch­ester United player and a Jose Mour­inho player. He rep­re­sents ev­ery­thing we want in a foot­baller; loy­alty, con­sis­tency, am­bi­tion, team player.

“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.”

Chelsea have paid trib­ute to Matic fol­low­ing his de­par­ture, writ­ing on their of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count: “We thank Ne­manja for his fan­tas­tic ser­vice and wish him well for the fu­ture.”

The sign­ing of Tiemoue Bakayoko meant Matic will have found reg­u­lar starts lim­ited at Stam­ford Bridge this sea­son, and the de­fen­sive mid­fielder will now com­pete with Michael Car­rick for a first-team place.

Owner Ro­man Abramovich had given him per­mis­sion to join a Premier League ri­val as a re­ward for help­ing the club lift the ti­tle twice in the last three sea­sons.

Though Ju­ven­tus ex­pressed in­ter­est, they were un­will­ing to match the fi­nan­cial pack­age plus the length of con­tract that Matic sought. In­stead, he will be re­united with for­mer Chelsea boss Mour­inho, who tried to sign Matic last sea­son.

Mour­inho had tar­geted at least four sign­ings this sum­mer, though ac­cepts he may have to be sat­is­fied with three fol­low­ing the ar­rivals of Vic­tor Lin­de­lof and Romelu Lukaku.

Mean­while, Mour­inho has quashed spec­u­la­tion that Marouane Fel­laini could leave United for Galatasaray — say­ing there is more chance of him join­ing the Turk­ish club than the mid­fielder.

Mour­inho in­sists Fel­laini is stay­ing put, and said: “It is eas­ier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane. Marouane — for­get it. He’s very im­por­tant for me.” Daily Mail

Ne­manja Matic be­comes Manch­ester United’s third sign­ing of the sum­mer, fol­low­ing the ar­rivals of Vic­tor Lin­de­lof and Romelu Lukaku.

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