Manch­ester United com­plete sign­ing of Chelsea mid­fielder, Matic

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Manch­ester United have com­pleted the sign­ing of Ne­manja Matic from Chelsea for £40m on a three-year deal.

The mid­fielder, 28, be­comes United’s third sum­mer buy af­ter £31m de­fender Vic­tor Lin­de­lof from Ben­fica and £75m striker Romelu Lukaku from Ever­ton.

United man­ager Jose Mourinho de­scribed Matic as a “team player” who has “ev­ery­thing we want in a foot­baller; loy­alty, con­sis­tency, am­bi­tion”.

Matic said he was “de­lighted” to be join­ing at “an ex­cit­ing time”.

The Ser­bia mid­fielder added: “To work with Jose Mourinho once again was an op­por­tu­nity I couldn’t turn down.

“I have en­joyed my time at Chelsea and would like to thank the club and the fans for their sup­port. I can­not wait to meet my new team-mates and to start train­ing with them.”

For­mer Chelsea man­ager Mourinho spent £21m to sign Matic from Ben­fica for a sec­ond spell at Stam­ford Bridge in Jan­uary 2014.

He had been val­ued at less than £5m when he left as a makeweight in a deal for de­fender David Luiz in Jan­uary 2011, two years af­ter he first joined the Blues in a £1.5m move from Slo­vakian club MFK Kosice.

Matic scored once in 35 Premier League ap­pear­ances dur­ing Chelsea’s ti­tle-win­ning 2016-17 sea­son, also strik­ing spec­tac­u­larly in their FA Cup semi-fi­nal vic­tory over Tot­ten­ham in April.

His exit had been ex­pected af­ter the Blues signed France in­ter­na­tional Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22, from French cham­pi­ons Monaco in a re­ported £40m deal earlier in July.

Ital­ian cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus were also un­der­stood to be keen on Matic.

Ne­manja Matic

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