‘He’s fantastic for them’ – Nemanja Matic hailed by former Chelsea star

A former Chelsea player has been effusive in his praise of a current Blues' star.

Former Chelsea defender Graham Le Saux has been speaking about the Blues’ midfielder Nemanja Matic.

The Serbian international has been a vital component for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, his performances consistently brilliant and his absence against Newcastle United sorely felt.

That Chelsea lost their first match of the season in Matic’s absence cannot be understated, and Le Saux certainly feels the midfielder is one of his former club’s key players.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Star, the ex-full-back said of Matic, “I think the addition of Matic last January gave Chelsea that stability in the holding midfield role and he’s such a fantastic player for them.

“He offers so much protection defensively but he also joins in and he’s a very creative player when he’s given that chance to roam forward. He’s a good athlete.”

Those who watched Matic slot effortlessly into Chelsea’s starting XI last season following his return from Benfica knew he was going to be key in this campaign, and so it has proved.

While a number of other clubs are crying out for a world-class defensive midfielder who can also be a threat at the opposite end of the pitch, Chelsea are enjoying what such a talent can bring to your side.

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