Man Utd midfielder Matic: Good knowing Lukaku off the mark

Romelu Lukaku Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku Manchester United

"I heard whispers at the back end of last season that he wanted to go and even if the club can not come out and say too much about that, maybe there was an element of that in play here when this deal went through".

It makes you wonder: why did Chelsea sell him?

"Petr had done such a lot for the club, Thibaut Courtois had come in and it would have been harsh to stop him moving to Arsenal when he was so settled in London, but this is different".

"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.

"This doesn't seem quite the same, but at the same time we don't know whether Matic wanted to leave".

"There are a lot of variables that aren't easy but from the outside, it does seem odd to let that player go to a direct rival - and he will improve them".

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".

Nemanja Matic is clearly an upgrade for Manchester United in an area that was a problem for them, especially with Michael Carrick getting older.

"Matic was very important and sometimes you could look past him at other players like [N'Golo] Kante, Hazard, who catch the eye, but he played a very positionally disciplined role for Chelsea with the way they go forward". It is just how he uses that talent in the team.

"It's the start of the Premier League and it's very important for us".

"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them". I have been away for over 10 years now and I don't get to see my mum that often.

"Yes, for sure", the Italian said when asked if it will be hard to retain the title this season without making more signings. We played against a very good side.

'I think I had the benefit of realising how good he is when he's playing just in front of you - on and off the ball. Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League previous year.

"For the record I don't think Danny will go his a sensational player but not great to do what has done with this interview as been told to!"

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