Nemanja Matic has had a rather turbulent career as a Chelsea man and it seems, just as with Diego Costa, his time truly has reached the end. The Serbian international has have two stints at Chelsea as a full player, firstly in 2009 when he joined from Serbian side Kosice for just under £1.5 million.
His second term was just before Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League success which ultimately prolonged his Blues career to this point.
The defensive midfielder has promised reassurance throughout his time at Chelsea to fill the holes in the counter-attack and guard the back line. His reliability is unmatched and amidst the drama with David Luiz, Matic remained a man of dignity and vigour.
There is strong interest from three clubs for the pillaring 1.9 metre tall holding midfielder; Manchester United, Juventus and Inter Milan. Many feel it’s a two horse race, with a few making assumptions that his future is set in stone.
Conte will not want to sell Matic to omnipresent title contenders, Manchester United who has already signed Lukaku from Everton in the last days. All eyes are on Italian champions, Juventus who want to reinforce their midfield.
Although Matic wants to renew his relationship with Chelsea’s preceding Portuguese manager, Jose Mourinho who now calls Manchester home; Juventus may be the next stop for the 28-year-old.
His last two seasons at Chelsea have seen a dramatic slump in Matic’s transfer value despite admirable performances and a total of 4 trophies since his return.
Valued at the height of his career at £34 million, the Blues could just about reach £30 million for the Serbian as the current market plays out.
Impressive defensive statistics from a player known for killer long shots and holding the ball up well for attackers shows that he averages 2.8 tackles per game with at least 2 interceptions and clearances.
The future is bright for the former Benfica man, even if it doesn’t play out in the Premier League.