Since making his £21m return to Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window, Nemanja Matic has become an important first-team regular in the Chelsea midfield.
Named the best player in the world in his position by his former Benfica boss Jorge Jesus, Matic has lived up to his newfound impressive reputation with a string of fantastic displays under Jose Mourinho.
The 25-year-old has started seven Premier League games since his return, averaging more tackles and interceptions than any other player in the Chelsea squad.
He particularly impressed during Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad stadium in February, and has since help his side consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League.
Once a Chelsea player under Carlo Ancelotti, Matic already has a Premier League winner’s medal in his trophy cabinet. However, as a result of his lack of games, the Serbian international admitted it was difficult to celebrate a situation he felt he didn't contribute to.
This season, however, his contribution has been telling and he told the London Evening Standard, via Sky Sports, that a Premier League triumph this season will be much more special on a personal note.
He commented: "I will always remember that Wigan game and how it was an amazing day for the club and all of us to celebrate the title. But it would be much more special if I win the league with Chelsea this year because I would have made a bigger contribution. I think it's normal to feel that way.”
"When you play more and are a part of the team, it is more special for you. It feels better than when you don't give something.”
"All the players back then helped me a lot and tried to make me feel part of the celebrations but it's not quite the same as the position I'm in now."