Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Chelsea sign Nemanja Matic
Chelsea have completed the signing of former midfielder Nemanja Matic
from Portuguese side Benfica.
The 25-year-old returns to Stamford Bridge for a second spell after
previously joining the Premier League side from MSK Kosice in 2009.
He made just three substitute appearances in his first season,
however, eventually departing for Benfica in the deal that brought
David Luiz to Stamford Bridge in January 2011.
His performances since leaving for Portugal have not gone unnoticed
and Chelsea have moved to re-sign the Serbian on a
"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," he told reporters at a
Meanwhile, Blues boss Jose Mourinho added: "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
The transfer figure is believed to be in the region of £21m.