Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Sunderland

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

The Liberty Stadium

Last Game

Swansea 0 - 1 Chelsea

Sunday, 13 April 2014, 16:07

Barclays Prem

Jose delighted with Matic deal

Jose Mourinho feels he has brought a much-improved player back to Chelsea after completing the signing of Nemanja Matic.

Last Updated: 15/01/14 at 20:46 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Happy to have Matic back at Chelsea

Jose Mourinho: Happy to have Matic back at Chelsea

The Serbia midfielder, who left Stamford Bridge as part of the deal which saw David Luiz move to west London from Benfica three years ago, is now back with the Blues in a deal reported by the Portuguese club to be worth 25million euros (£20.75million).

He will compete with a host of top-class midfielders for a place in Mourinho's side but the manager is delighted to welcome him back.

"I am very pleased that Nemanja is returning to Chelsea," said Mourinho.

"He has grown as a player in Portugal and has become a fantastic all-round midfielder. I am sure he will become a very important member of the squad and help us to achieve our ambitions."

The 25-year-old struggled to make an impact during his first spell at the club, spending a season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem before heading to Portugal.

And he will be up against Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard, Luiz and Michael Essien for the "holding" midfield places in Mourinho's squad, while Marco van Ginkel is working his way back from a long-term injury.

There is a similar embarrassment of riches in the attacking midfield department, with two-time club player of the year Juan Mata unable to command a place and Kevin de Bruyne seemingly Wolfsburg-bound as Mourinho favours Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian.

Matic first came to prominence during his time at MSK Kosice and was signed by then-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti as a promising youngster.

Although his career did not take off, Matic impressed during his time at Benfica and played in the Portuguese side's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final last season. He has won nine caps for his country.

He is ready to grasp his second chance at Stamford Bridge and told chelseafc.com: "I am very happy for this opportunity to be back at this club.

"I feel very good because of that and just want to say I will give my best to help the team and make the Chelsea fans happy."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Championship: Burnley beat Blackpool to move closer to automatic promotion

Burnley moved to the brink of promotion to the Premier League after beating Blackpool 1-0 at Bloomfield Road.

Top three falter in League Two

Promotion nerves hit the top three clubs in Sky Bet League Two as Scunthorpe, Chesterfield and Rochdale all failed to win on Good Friday.

Brentford promoted, Wolves hit six

Brentford sealed promotion from League One with a 1-0 win over Preston, coupled with defeats for Rotherham and Leyton Orient.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property