New Chelsea signing is "world class", says ex-Blues star

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Chelsea are signing one of the best defensive midfielders in the world in Nemanja Matic, according to a former Stamford Bridge striker.

Jose Mourinho's first acquisition in the January transfer window looks to be imminent as reports suggest the 25-year-old has travelled to London to complete the £21million switch in the next day or so.

Former Chelsea forward Mateja Kezman believes the Blues are getting themselves an outstanding payer and hailed Matic as one of the best in the business in front of the back four, something he believes Mourinho has lacked so far this season.

“The signing of Matic is a great thing for Chelsea because they have struggled in that position this season,” he said in an interview with talkSPORT.

“They have played a couple of different players there, Ramires, Mikel and Lampard, but it hasn’t worked.

“With Matic they will be getting a player who is both offensively and defensively very good. He’s tall, quick and has improved a lot in the last years...he’s one of the best players in the world in that position."

Matic's move to Chelsea is one that has garnered criticism from some corners over the Blues' transfer policy under owner Roman Abramovich.

This is because the Serbia international was already a Chelsea player three years ago, but was sent to Benfica as part of the deal that took defender David Luiz in the opposite direction.

Matic barely made a first-team appearance for the Stamford Bridge club in his two years there, having been tipped for big things when signed as a 21-year-old from Slovakian side MFK Košice in 2009.

However, Kezman is sure his compatriot will not be affected by his initial failure at Chelsea and believes he has returned to the Premier League a man transformed.

“He’s a completely different player to the one who left Chelsea a couple of years ago. Chelsea are getting a lot [for their money] and I’m really excited to see how he settles into the team," he added.

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