Jose Mourinho 'surprised' Chelsea let Nemanja Matic join Manchester United

Lawrence Cooper
November 4, 2017

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has been backed by Nemanja Matic to develop into a "great player".

That unfortunate goal will not damage their relationship however with Benfica's official website reporting that Svilar - who has Serbian roots - revealed that he spoke to Matic about joining Benfica before making the switch in the summer.

"I was surprised when [Matic's] agent called me to say 'do you want him?'" Mourinho told Sky Sports ahead of his side's trip to Chelsea on Sunday, 5 November.

Since joining Manchester United, Matic has established himself as one of the most important players for the club and has played every single minute in the Premier League.

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Antonio Conte has confirmed that Chelsea star N'Golo Kante is in contention for Sunday's clash with Manchester United, though will only select him if he's definitely fully recovered. Normally he's very direct and objective, he doesn't waste time, he doesn't try to get people to be interested in his players to improve their situation at their club. While in charge of Chelsea, his Blues went 60 games unbeaten at Stamford Bridge; with Real Madrid, 43 at the Santiago Bernabeu; with Inter Milan, 38 at the San Siro.

Kante, who picked up a hamstring injury while on global duty with France in October, has missed Chelsea's last six matches in all competitions but has returned to training with the first team.

"Maybe the first time I went back to Stamford Bridge in 2009 with Inter, then in 2016 last season after the second spell with Chelsea, ok".

"It's always a hard game playing Chelsea away but we will try our best". You know the story, Mourinho lost his job with Chelsea hovering just above the relegation zone, and it took the experience of Guus Hiddink to steer us to a tenth place finish.

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