Nemanja Matic confirms Chelsea move

Posted by - January 14, 2014 - All News, Chelsea, Transfer News and Gossip

Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic has confirmed he will complete a move to Chelsea in the coming days.

The Serbia international has been widely linked with a return to the Blues in recent days – and the 26-year-old has now revealed that the rumours are true.

He told Portuguese paper A Bola: “Yes, it was my last game (against Porto last weekend). I want to thank all the people 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 best in every practice session, every game, and now is the right time to leave. I want to improve, I want to go to a better league and want to play for Chelsea, a club which I also like.

He added: “I also thank the president of Benfica, who did everything he could to keep me here but I have wanted to leave and insisted on leaving.

“I respect the effort made ​​to keep me at Benfica, and all the people of Benfica were very good to me, made ​​me happy, but I repeat that I insisted on going out as I feel that the time is right.”

Matic was a £3m-rated makeweight in the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge in January 2011. He is expected to cost around £25m when the Blues re-sign him.