Frank Lampard surprised at Chelsea selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

Speaking to Sky Sports, Conte identified the "crazy transfer market" as the main reason for Chelsea's decision to sell Matic - who had two years left to run on his contract this summer and declined to commit to an extension - while admitting that his squad has lost a "top player".

"It wasn't a fantastic year for United or Pogba, but it was successful in the end and that is all that matters", adds Lampard, as he passed judgement on the midfielder United paid £89m to sign from Juventus last summer.

Nemanja Matic is confident Manchester United will perform well in the Premier League despite their Super Cup setback against Real Madrid.

"He did well as Chelsea won the league past 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". Was it his dream to go and play for Manchester United?

"On Sunday, we have a very important game at Old Trafford in front of all our supporters".

"There are a lot of variables that aren't easy but from the outside, it does seem unusual to let that player go to a direct rival - and he will improve them". It is just how he uses that talent in the team.

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No new Chelsea signing is under more pressure than Alvaro Morata, brought in for a club-record initial fee of £58m from Real Madrid to replace the unsettled Diego Costa as the focal point of Conte's attack.

Asked if Chelsea need more signings in order to successfully defend their Premier League title, Conte replied: "Yes, for sure". I have seen him work on the field and in the gym.

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.

"I was surprised to see him move to United and maybe there is more to this deal that we realise", stated the former England midfielder, who is moving into television punditry with BT Sport this season.

"I think they're in a real good position, the squad looks strong and I think how Rashford, Martial and Lukaku play will determine what happens", said former United defender Gary Neville. "He's working very well and starting to understand or idea of football".

"I think he's very similar in a way to Michael Carrick". I think he has good prospects for Chelsea - for now and the future.

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