Antonio Conte explains why he's so annoyed with the Matic sale

Annette Crawford
August 13, 2017

Chelsea opted to let Matic leave the club this summer after they brought in Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Frank Lampard has described Nemanja Matic's transfer to Manchester United form Chelsea as "strange" and is backing the Serb to be a success at Old Trafford.

However, the arrival of Nemanja Matic from champions Chelsea is expected to allow the Frenchman more freedom on the pitch to exert a greater influence in the final third of the pitch.

"If Nathaniel Chalobah or Ruben Loftus-Cheek were still there they could get rid of Matic and play a younger kid".

The towering holding player made his competitive debut for United in their 2-1 Super Cup defeat by Real Madrid, showing glimpses of his qualities.

"I think Matic [himself] personally maybe wanted to move on". You saw that in the Uefa Super Cup game - he'll fit very well in there.

"He did that job for Chelsea with great tactical discipline".

Pogba scored just the nine times in all competitions last season, only five of which were in the league, as United limped to a sixth-place finish.

"You respect that if that is the case".

"There is very rarely such big transfers between champions to clubs that are challenging them and it is a odd move".

Manchester City, along with United, are the two early favourites for the Premier League title given the money they have spent on strengthening their squads so far this summer. Although disappointed about losing Matic, Lampard appears very optimistic about the future of the new Chelsea man Bakayoko.

The 29-year-old was also a key part of Mourinho's Blues when winning the league in 2014-15 and has seen enough in his short time at Old Trafford to believe this will be a successful season. "The importance for me about this player because, I repeat, he's a really good and strong player and important for our team".

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