Some will feel that Nemanja Matic should never have left Chelsea; while others may argue that it was his spell at Benfica that transformed him from promising starlet to one of Europe’s most impressive midfielders.
But whichever camp you reside in, there is no doubt Chelsea possess an outstanding talent in the 25-year-old.
He may have only left Portugal for £21million in January, but O Jogo reports that he returned earlier this week to be crowned Player of 2013 by radio station TSF. And he gave a glimpse of his hopes for the immediate future in a brief interview afterwards.
His former club Benfica had just beaten Vitoria Guimaraes 1-0, courtesy of a wonder-strike from reported Chelsea target Lazar Markovic, and that prompted Matic to say the following:
“I saw now that Benfica won today. I hope and believe they will be champions. I’ll still be a champion twice this year.”
So it appears Matic believes he will be receiving medals for winning both the Portuguese Premeira Liga and the English Premier League this season, something that will be music to the ears of Chelsea fans eager to see Jose Mourinho mark his return with another title.
Matic also revealed why he had opted to leave Benfica for the Blues last month.
“Mourinho was one of the reasons why I agreed to go to Chelsea,” he is quoted as saying. “He’s a very good coach.”
But can he re-claim the Premier League this season? Matic certainly thinks so.
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