One of the most in-demand players in Portugal has been given a big thumbs-up from the Premier League's 'Happy One'; Jose Mourinho.
Imposing defensive-minded midfielder Nemanja Matic, a pillar of strength for Primeira Liga outfit Benfica in both domestic and European football, has attracted admiring glances from multiple parties throughout the season including Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Chelsea boss Mourinho understands why, as per a recent interview with O Jogo: 'Matic is a good player. Currently he looks solid, wise and stable. He is a player that looks very mature on the pitch.'
On the transfer speculation linking him with a big-money move away from the Estadio da Luz, Jose added: '[Benfica] is a big club and he seems comfortable [there]. I don’t see any interest from the club to want to sell him.
'It’s very nice to have players like these in Portuguese football.'
Matic is valued at £24m by transfermarkt.co.uk.
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