Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic will be rewarded for his excellent season at Chelsea with a pay rise.
The Daily Mirror reports that Jose Mourinho has sanctioned a new contract for the Serbian international, taking his salary from £70,000-a-week up to £100,000-a-week.
The Chelsea star joined the Blues just over a year ago and has quickly become an integral part of Mourinho’s starting lineup.
Alongside summer signing Cesc Fabregas, Matic has been the defensive shield for the Stamford Bridge club and is a key reason why they are currently favourites to win the Premier League title.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, Matic’s red card against Burnley last weekend has ruled him out of Sunday’s Capital One Cup final.
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Considering Chelsea have lost only three games this season and Matic was absent for two, it’s a big blow for the league pace setters.
Matic saw red after reacting to a tackle from Burnley forward Ashley Barnes. Although his initial three match suspension was reduced to two, he will still miss today’s game plus the Premier League match against West Ham in midweek.
Matic is a key player for Chelsea and the Serbian has certainly earned his pay rise after a stellar start to his second Chelsea career.
The £21m midfielder is still very young, and Mourinho seems to have moved quickly and shrewdly to tie him down to a new contract.
Although his absence is painful today, it’s comfort for Chelsea fans that it looks like Matic will be a Blues player for years to come yet.