Nemanja Matic has insisted that he had no doubts about rejoining Chelsea, whom he left for Benfica in 2011, despite making only two league appearances during his original two-year stint at the club
Speaking on Sky Sports, the player said, "I had no doubts about coming back, I spoke with my agent for one minute and that was it. I decided it was good for me to come back.”
The cost of the move was a reported £21m. When the Serbian originally left for Portugal in 2011, he was part of a player-plus-cash deal that saw David Luiz move to Stamford Bridge for £21.3m.
"To be honest, I didn't know what my contract was going to be,” he continued.
“ I just said: 'OK, I will go there and after that we will see'. We made a deal and I am happy"
Indeed, the player has started six times in the league and for the Blues since he arrived in January; repaying the faith that Jose Mourinho originally showed in him.
"The first time here I was very young and Chelsea had big players in my position: (Michael) Ballack, (Frank) Lampard, (Michael) Essien. I also came here injured, I was four months out so it was difficult for me.
"I feel now is right moment for me to play Premier League. It is not easy for young players in the Premier League because it is very hard, very tough. Now I feel I am prepared.
"I want to use this chance to play for a big club in a big league and work with a coach like Jose Mourinho, who is one of the best in the world."
Essien left Chelsea for Milan in January after barely featuring since the return of Mourinho. Additionally, at the age of 35, Frank Lampard is on the decline and Matic will clearly be able to replace the Englishman in the long term.