Manchester United have completed the signing of Serbian player Nemanja Matic from Chelsea. This was announced his new club.
The midfielder, who turns 29 on August 1, joins on a three-year deal with an option to extend it by a further year after playing 121 Premier League matches for the Blues, scoring four goals.
While United declined to state how much they have paid for the midfielder, Goal understands that the clubs agreed a fee worth £40 million to take him to Old Trafford.
Matic made 30 starts in Antonio Conte’s first season at Stamford Bridge, with Cesc Fabregas largely playing second fiddle to the Serbian as the club’s central midfielders vied for a spot alongside N’Golo Kante.
And while Chelsea’s upcoming season will be far busier than last due to having qualified for the Champions League, the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko puts Matic’s long-term future at the club in doubt.
For Manchester United’s part, Jose Mourinho will be reunited with a player whom he requested during his previous spell at Chelsea, and will look to Matic to provide depth in a squad that he feels is still not complete.
Mourinho told United’s official website: “Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player.
“I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him. A big welcome to our new number 31.”
Matic added: “I am delighted to have joined Manchester United. To work with Jose Mourinho once again was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.
“I have enjoyed my time at Chelsea and would like to thank the club and the fans for their support. I cannot wait to meet my new team-mates and to start training with them.
“This is a very exciting time for the club and I am looking forward to playing my part in creating more history for this great club.”
Matić signed for Chelsea on 18 August 2009, from Košice for a fee of around £1.5 million on a four-year contract, having been on trial at Middlesbrough.
He was given the number 24 shirt by Chelsea but was not able to make his debut immediately due to the injury he picked up at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.
He was on the bench for Chelsea’s League Cup match against Queens Park Rangers on 23 September 2009, but did not take any part in the 1–0 victory.
Matić made his Premier League debut for Chelsea on 21 November, coming on as a substitute for Florent Malouda in the 69th minute in a 4–0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.