Matic could play a pivotal role in Chelsea's bid to become champions (©GettyImages)
Matic could play a pivotal role in Chelsea's bid to become champions (©GettyImages).

Nemanja Matic closes in on Chelsea return

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Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic has flown to London for a medical ahead of his £21million Stamford Bridge return from Portuguese outfit Benfica.

The Serbian international, 25, announced he had played his last game for the club at the Ballon d'Or gala dinner on Monday: "Yes, it was my last game (Benfica v Porto). I want to thank all the people at the club and all the supporters. Benfica will be forever in my heart."

This would be the second coming of the defensive midfielder, who signed for the Blues back in August 2009. However, Matic found first team appearances hard to come by and  in the end played just three times for Chelsea.

Then manager Carlo Ancelotti sent the Serbian out on loan to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem where he made 29 appearances and helped the club avoid relegation. He was inevitably sold for a mere £5million as a make-way for the club's pursuit of Brazilian defender David Luiz in January 2011.  

However, Chelsea now view the Serbian's price at £21million, and Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been given the green light to re-sign the midfielder.

It has widely been reported recently that Matic insisted he wanted to rejoin Chelsea in order to aid his development as a player: “I want to improve, I want to go to a better league and I want to go to Chelsea, the club which I also love (as well as Benfica).”

Chelsea are also on the verge of selling Belgian outcast Kevin de Bruyne to German side Wolfsburg in a £16million deal, as Mourinho makes way for his latest squad addition.

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