Antonio Conte : I never wanted Matic to leave Chelsea for United

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Août 13, 2017

Conte, who was rumoured to be at odds with the Chelsea board regarding transfer strategy earlier this summer, has publicly claimed that Matic will be a "great loss" at Stamford Bridge.

Nemanja Matic turned in a hugely impressive performance in a Manchester United shirt as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup - but it is a performance that will hurt Chelsea fans and their manager Antonio Conte.

Matic reunited with his former manager Jose Mourinho, and when the deal was announced the United manager thanked him, thus essentially verifying that Matic must have pushed to get his transfer over the line.

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

Paul Scholes admits he is struggling to comprehend Chelsea's decision to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United.

But Wright said the Blues appeared to be in a worse position compared to last season due to the extent of upheaval in the squad that won the Premier League title. "But sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market, and sometimes you must accept different decisions".

"This league is not easy". We want to be competitive and we want to fight for the title again.

"It won't be easy". "But they are very experienced and they also had some chances to score another because at the end we tried to go with everything to score and they had some counter-attacks".

"Bakayoko is a good signing for us", the Italian said.

"We have Cesc Fabregas and we are trying to find another midfielder". "He needs to play regularly, he's a player I trust a lot".

But Mourinho was nevertheless impressed with his former Chelsea charge: "I think he played really well, I think in the moment they were moving the ball well of course was hard for us in the midfield".

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.

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