All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including Jose Mourinho's apparent insider knowledge from Manchester United.
While the protracted transfer that sees Nemanja Matic move to Chelsea with £22m heading Benfica's way in exchange is still days away from being concluded, the player himself has spoken out over the switch and has been quoted by The Guardian to have said he has 'played [his] last game'.
Combative midfielder Matic added: 'I want to thank all the people at the club and all the supporters. Benfica will forever be in my heart. I played here for two and a half years. I gave my best in every training session, every match, and now is the right time to leave.
'I want to improve, I want to go to a better league and I want to go to Chelsea, the club which I also love.'
According to a Portuguese journalist Matic is already in London and will undergo a medical examination tomorrow, Wednesday. There is also an indication that two young Blues will go to Benfica as part of the negotiations, with Gael Kakuta possibly one of the two.
Matic already in London. Medicals probably tomorrow. #cfc— Gonçalo Lopes (@_GoncaloLopes) January 14, 2014
26m€ for Matic is a bargain, in my opinion. Benfica didnt do a good deal no this one.— Gonçalo Lopes (@_GoncaloLopes) January 14, 2014
This weekend, Chelsea engage in the marquee Premier League match-up as they host Manchester United and manager Jose Mourinho has 'insider' knowledge from Old Trafford - that the club's playing staff are unhappy.
'My feeling, which is based on years of communicating with Sir Alex and some inside information, is Man United are not happy, but they are calm,' the Evening Standard report the Portuguese coach to have said. 'They trust David. David trusts them.'
Mourinho and his Blues will hope to make United even more unhappy by recording another domestic victory to aid their push for league honours this season.
And finally, check out the size disparity between footballers and basketballers (this is news to no-one, but it is Chelsea-related after all).
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