Nemanja Matic Confirms Benfica Exit

Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic has confirmed that he is to re-sign for Chelsea.

“It was my last game [for Benfica],” he told A Bola, referring to Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Porto. “I want to thank everyone at the club and all the supporters. Benfica will be forever in my heart. I played here for two-and-a-half years — I gave my all in every training session, in every match, and now is the right time to leave.

“I want to improve and to play in a better league, and I want to go to Chelsea, a club I also love.

“I also want to thank the Benfica president [Luis Felipe Vieira], who did everything he could to keep me here but, ultimately, I wanted to leave and insisted on leaving. I respect the effort made to keep me here — he and everyone at Benfica were very good to me and made me happy — but, to repeat, I insisted on going as I felt the time was right.”

Matic is due at Cobham on Tuesday to undertake a medical with the clubs close to agreeing a price for the 25-year-old, who has been capped nine times. He is expected to sign a contract to 2017.

Welcome back home Nemanja Matic!

  1. akinwumi steven says

    Welcome home bro and wish u all the best in ur 2nd coming.ktbffh!

  2. rash mchelsea says

    Welkam back 2 chelsea fc family!

  3. Anonymous says

    Brilliant move!

  4. odongkara joseph says

    wlcom back home, diz iz ma BLOOD TEAM

  5. miles says

    So it will be a matic ramires pivot. I don’t know what his game is like.Is he a good passer of the ball? But what of romeu? That boy has a bright future.

  6. miles says

    So it will be a matic ramires pivot. I don’t know what his game is like.Is he a good passer of the ball? But what of romeu? That boy has a bright future. Mou shd try and fix this. Essien and cole shd go end of season.

  7. Shiloh says

    OK So he’s probably sign for us, Now can we let go Lampard, Essien. and what would happen to Van Ginkel, Ake, Josh.? these are you lads I expect to see next season in out team.

  8. Anonymous says

    thy will srart against manchester united on sunday

  9. nelson says

    i ´am benfica fan….. we are very sad…. Matic its a great great great player. Chelsea make a excellent move

  10. wambua says

    what a fuck? i can see us signing Gael Kakuta back and Harzard 4 50 million each….two players are included inthe deal to bring his price to about 35m

  11. Vaakmeisster says

    Waste of money IMO

  12. Martin, Norway. says

    I won’t believe untill ive seen him in blue shirt. There are lot of speculations going on currently so will wait before i see him play.

  13. Jk says

    Atleast he is a leftfooted we were lacking a left footed with Mata being sidelined.

  14. ahmed says

    what is he really good at and is a better than luiz (reply)

    1. DzaBu says

      He is exactly what we need, we couldn’t make a better singging

  15. martin says

    he is a defensive midfielder, we dont have natural defensive midfielders in the team apart from Mikel and Essien,he will play in the Pivot with Ramirez, he is a good tackler, agressive and imposive, it might just be good news for MATA fans because this guy is a work horse in midfield it would mean your prodigy would play more

    1. adam says

      Even with matic, I don’t see mata plays in big game unless he update his game. I think he will leave in summer beause we can use the money to buy Guarin or khadia or rooney.

  16. Zyte says

    good buy.hope he improves our team.

  17. Ishola benjamin kunle says

    Welcome home boy

  18. Nicely says

    Wlc home

  19. James says

    I agree with this story.
    I support Nemanja Matic
    Thank you for information sharing

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