Matic sale to Man Utd could cost Chelsea the league

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13 August, 2017

"Chelsea have broken up that partnership and strengthened their rivals". However, Neville does not seem convinced by the 22 year-old Frenchman.

Matic was sold to Manchester United for a £40m fee and the Serb will undoubtedly strengthen the spine of Jose Mourinho's side as they bid to contend for the Premier League title.

"I can't think of a reason why Chelsea would sell him", Neville told Sky.

"The importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market".

"But sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market, and sometimes you must accept different decisions".

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"He is a great loss for us".

However, the arrival of Nemanja Matic from champions Chelsea is expected to allow the Frenchman more freedom on the pitch to exert a greater influence in the final third of the pitch.

"I heard whispers at the back end of last season that he wanted to go and even if the club can not come out and say too much about that, maybe there was an element of that in play here when this deal went through".

"I came from a similar position when I went from Aston Villa to United and people will always cast doubt over whether you have the quality, but this guy has got it all". And for us it's important because it can be very offensive this formation. "The two wing-backs are pushed very high and we attack with numbers, so for us at the back in terms of balance you have to have some sort of protection and they gave us that last season".

But the Italian, with Matic keen on working with Mourinho once again, was eventually forced into letting the Serbian complete a transfer to United last week.

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