Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic the ‘world’s best defensive midfielder’ - Jorge Jesus

The Benfica boss has claimed that the Serbian enforcer does not have an equal in world football currently.

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has been laying praise on Nemanja Matic, and has stated that the Chelsea star is the best defensive midfielder in world football.

The Serbian enforcer has formed a formidable central midfield partnership with Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge this season, with the pair firing the Blues to the top of the Premier League table.

Matic was on the West London club’s books previously, but had to head to Portugal to mature into the player that he currently is.

Jesus had a keep role in the Serb’s development and now believes that the 26-year-old is unique in the global game.

"It's very difficult to find a player with Matic's characteristics. These kinds of players only appear every 10 years,” the Benfica boss told The Daily Express.

“His build is the right one for a defensive midfielder. He is tall and very strong. But he was a rare piece.

"Matic had never played as a defensive midfielder when he came to Benfica. I completely changed his characteristics and helped him to develop his potential.

"He's a product who developed with me. He went on to play some excellent games for Benfica. He is a top player.

"I'm happy he has been recognised for his quality. He deserves it as a professional and on a personal level.

"To me Matic is now the best defensive midfielder in the world. Currently, he doesn't have an equal, anywhere in the market.”

Although Fabregas has gained applause for his assists and Diego Costa for his goals, Matic is one of the Blues most important players and will look to dominate proceedings against title rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge later today.

The eastern European bruiser has started 21 of Chelsea’s 22 Premier League games this season and is yet to be substituted by Jose Mourinho in 2014-15.

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