Conte regrets Matic sale to Manchester United

Conte regrets Matic sale to Manchester United

Conte regrets Matic sale to Manchester United

MANCHESTER UNITED have spent big this summer, but has Jose Mourinho missed out on the best talent around?

"I was surprised because selling to a direct rival isn't the norm at the top end", he said.

"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".

It definitely sounds like Antonio Conte didn't want to sell Nemanja Matic.

Manchester United signed Matic from Chelsea for a fee of £35million earlier this month.

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He has also stated that he will discuss his future with Spurs if another club makes a concrete offer for him. Ibrahimovic's one-year deal at Old Trafford expired in June and was not extended following the injury.

"United were crying out for a central midfielder with the qualities of Nemanja Matic".

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

Matic started 30 league matches last season and came off the bench in five more, but his minutes were expected to be cut for the 2017-18 campaign due to the arrival of new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko.

"But he [Antonio Conte] spoke about him in such a way about his incredible importance to the job they did past year, Matic and N'Golo Kante in front of that back three".

And Lampard has expressed his surprise at seeing Chelsea such an important player to a rival.

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The Red Devils are now preparing for their Premier League opener against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

"And I think what he has done this summer is flex his muscles a little bit, he is in a strong position, he had a great year last year, he did wonderful things at Chelsea". Will he gel alongside Kante?

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"Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League previous year". He will take time to settle.

"So I would think that he would definitely want more, and I think they are probably short of where he wanted them to be at this stage of the season".

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