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Nemanja Matic interested in joining Manchester United if Jose Mourinho takes over

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Following a season where Chelsea have surrendered their Premier League crown in embarrassing fashion, big changes are on the horizon for the west London club.

A new manager is the first, with Italy boss Antonio Conte due to succeed Guus Hiddink at the Stamford Bridge helm after this summer's European Championships.

And next up is an overhaul of Chelsea's squad, with the vast majority of players enduring hit-and-miss campaigns.

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Midfield enforcer Nemanja Matic is one of such individuals, the Serbian reportedly unhappy at the club. He scored against Sunderland on Saturday but a lack of celebration spoke volumes about his discontent in London.

And it seems he could be on the move come the end of the season, with rumours linking him to Manchester United.

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This is according to the Daily Mail, who claim Matic would be interested in reuniting with former boss Jose Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams.

Much depends on whether the Portuguese indeed replaces Louis van Gaal as manager yet Matic's desire to potentially swap London for Manchester says a lot about how poor Chelsea have been this season.

Asked why he didn't celebrate against Sam Allardyce's Sunderland, he said: "I have my reasons.

"Everything can change in a couple of months."

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Defeat to the Black Cats saw Chelsea remain in a lowly ninth, 32 points behind Premier League champions Leicester City and 17 off a Champions League spot.

Inconsistency proved detrimental to their prospects from the outset, soon finding themselves 15th and four points above the relegation zone in mid-December.

It's been a catalogue of ups and downs ever since, with John Terry's imminent departure only adding to the club's woes.

Reports suggest the Chelsea captain will leave for China this summer after being told he won't be handed a new deal, and Matic too believes his time is up.

"We know what he has done for this club and what he has won," he began.

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"All of us in the team wish him all the best for the future. Of course this is not a good way to finish in a club, but we don't forget what he won and what he has already done."

And Terry plans to go out in style - the Daily Mail reports he will splash £22,000 to rent out Stamford Bridge and host a leaving do with his teammates.

Included in the package is the use of dressing rooms, match officials, stadium screens and the public address system.

Unfortunately for the 35-year-old, Saturday's defeat could well have been his last appearance for Chelsea after being sent off in the 95th minute.

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