Nemanja Matic Sale a Casualty of "Crazy Transfer Market", Says Antonio Conte

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

Frank Lampard thinks it was unusual that Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic to United this summer.

The Serb, a key component in the Blues' two Premier League title triumphs in the past three seasons, joined United in a surprise £40 million move last month.

"I really like the Matic signing", Scholes told BT Sport.

'The importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market.

"And sometimes you must accept different decisions".

Conte, who was rumoured to be at odds with the Chelsea board regarding transfer strategy earlier this summer, has publicly claimed that Matic will be a "great loss" at Stamford Bridge.

Matic's former team-mate and Chelsea captain Gary Cahill also appeared to question the decision to sell the player.

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Ince believes the fresh faces will provide a return on sizeable investment in time, but is not convinced that United have surged ahead of their Premier League rivals - as has been suggested by others.

'For me Matic is a fantastic player - a real, real top player, ' said the England worldwide.

"But he's still a very good player to sit in front of the back four, do the simple things, pass the ball - he's good at what he does".

'But sometimes I think you must accept this insane transfer market.

Mourinho's side will open their 2017-18 campaign seeking to make more of an impact in the English top-flight than they managed last term.

"But [Conte] spoke about him in such a way about his incredible importance to the job they did previous year - Matic and N'Golo Kante in front of that back three - and I have no doubt that he has not sanctioned that move, he is not happy with it and ultimately he is uncomfortable with it".

Chelsea have signed Tiemoue Bakayoko as a replacement, although the France worldwide will miss the start of the season through injury.

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