Chelsea Football Club have finally announced the signing of SL Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matić on a five-and-a-half-year deal worth €25m.
The Serbian international will wear the number 21 shirt at Chelsea.
“I am very happy for this opportunity to be back at this club. I feel very good because of that and just want to say I will give my best to help the team and make the Chelsea fans happy.” -Matić
The 26-year-old joined Chelsea for just €1.8m in 2009 but left two years later as part of the deal which brought David Luiz to Chelsea in the January on 2011.
“I am very pleased that Nemanja is returning to Chelsea. He has grown as a player in Portugal and has become a fantastic all-round midfielder. I am sure he will become a very important member of the squad and help us to achieve our ambitions.”
The return of Matic will be financed in large part by the €18m sale of Kevin De Bruyne to Wolfsburg.
Welcome back to Stamford Bridge Matić!