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Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic takes a fresh dig at Chelsea

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Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic recently joined Manchester United from rivals Chelsea in a £35m deal.

The 29-year-old Premier League star was signed by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea in 2014 and clearly has an excellent relationship with the Portuguese coach.

Mourinho's comments since signing Matic suggest he's very happy whilst eyebrows have been raised at Chelsea's decision to sell a key player to a direct rival.

"He’s the perfect player for me," said Mourinho. "Not just for his qualities but also for my relationship with him, the way I know him, the way he knows me.”

“I think he’s one of these players where there are no question marks in front. He doesn't need time to adapt, he’s not a young guy who came from another country, he’s not somebody that needs to learn the Premier League.

“Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a José Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer: loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player."

The player himself is also delighted to have joined the Red Devils and Sky Sports released an interview with him ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Swansea City.

Matic made his debut in last week's 4-0 win over West Ham and looks set to be a permanent fixture in Mourinho's first XI.


He spent three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge but appears to have no problem ruffling a few feathers at his former club.

When asked if United are the biggest club he's played for, Matic told Sky Sports: "Definitely, everyone knows what Manchester United is about.

"When you say Manchester United, it is different. Also Chelsea is a big club, Benfica are the biggest club in Portugal. But Manchester is Manchester.


"When I came here for the first day, I could feel that the people at the club help you every day if you need something and supporters are very important for this club.

"After every training session, they are waiting for us outside the training ground to take pictures, to give a signature so I think the club is one of the biggest in the world.

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"Maybe you have two or three clubs similar to United, but Manchester is one of the biggest clubs in the world for sure."

Matic won two Premier League titles at Chelsea but clearly believes he has joined a much bigger club in Manchester United.

The Reds have failed to win a league title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 but they currently look well placed to finally challenge for honours once again.

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