Chelsea have completed the re-signing of midfielder Nemanja Matic from Portuguese side Benfica.
The 26-year-old moves to Stamford Bridge for a fee of around £20.7 million and he signs a five-and-a-half-year deal with the club he only left three years ago.
He spent time over three years with Chelsea between 2009-2011 making just two first team league appearances and it will be fascinating to see how he does during his second spell with the club.
Make what you will of the club’s original decision to let him leave but he comes into the side, making the midfield a better unit and arguably offering the team something they don’t already have.
Matic is predominantly a holding midfielder and will roam the gap in front of Chelsea’s back four offering the likes of Gary Cahill, John Terry and David Luiz protection.
He also provides Chelsea with the benefit of a long term replacement for experienced star Michael Essien as well as releasing Ramires to play in a more advanced midfield role.
Chelsea are also signing a player who doesn’t seem to harbour any resentment at the way he was treated first time round at the club. He’s revealed his delight and he will be determined to make a point.
“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,” he told the club’s website.
Matic played 20 games in the Portuguese league and Champions League with Benfica this season and he is in line to make his debut (of his second spell) against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
“I am very pleased that Nemanja is returning to Chelsea. He has grown as a player in Portugal and has become a fantastic all-round midfielder,” added manager Jose Mourinho.
Good to see chelsea are big enough to admit a mistake,#Matic is that tough tackling ball winning passer we need in the middle. Great signing— allan (@campbell1083) January 15, 2014
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Finally, we have a world class CDM in our side! Even better considering we have City very soon! #Matic— Aaron (@Aaron_Pyper) January 15, 2014
Its great that Abramovich found oil, otherwise the chances of being rich were very low. #Matic— Kushal (@KushalSinghal) January 15, 2014
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