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Barcelona's Sergi Roberto wanted as Nemanja Matic replacement following Manchester United

Barcelona's Sergi Roberto wanted as Nemanja Matic replacement following Manchester United

"Matic knows very well what I think about him".

"You can see signs of what Jose's trying to do here at Manchester United in what he did at Chelsea when he built a big, powerful, strong team that's capable of winning the big trophies".

"United were crying out for a central midfielder with the qualities of Nemanja Matic".

"You get the feeling that Chelsea didn't really want Matic to go, but players can push for a move at times and that is why this deal feels different compared to Petr Cech's move from Chelsea to Arsenal a couple of years back. He is probably the best in England alongside N'Golo Kante".

He said:"Chelsea have broken up that partnership and strengthened their rivals".

Many Chelsea fans believe the younger and more physical Bakayoko to be an upgrade on 29-year-old Matic, but Conte has concerns given that the French global arrived injured and will still need time to reach full fitness and properly settle into his new surroundings.

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But the report adds that senior Blues figures are reluctant to spend big on a fourth signing after already splashing the cash on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger. Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League past year.

Matic was frustrated with the result but has called on United to turn their full focus to Sunday's league opener against West Ham. He was good in some games, inexperienced in others.

"I think the [Matic] sale at this moment in time, with that Chelsea squad, could cost them the league".

"He did well as Chelsea won the league a year ago, 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".

United get their new Premier League campaign underway when they host West Ham on Sunday, with Mourinho's side looking for a win after they were beaten by Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.


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