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Chelsea are keen to keep hold of their star midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to reports.
Nemanja Matic was re-signed by Chelsea in January 2014, for a fee of £21 million, during Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge of the Stamford Bridge club. Following his arrival, the Serbia international went on to help the Blues win the Premier League title in the same season.
However, the quality of his performances deteriorated during the 2015-16 season, in which Chelsea finished 10th in the league.
And now, with rumours linking Leicester City star man N’Golo Kante with the London-based club, Matic’s Chelsea future is reported to be under serious threat.
On his official unveiling, Chelsea’s new boss Antonio Conte revealed: “We are talking with the club and we know that this club – the team – needs to reinforce. I am sure that in the coming days we can reach our target to reinforce the team to go closer to the other teams that now seem to stay higher in the table compared to Chelsea.
“In the coming days, we can buy one, two, three players. Players that can reinforce us for the season as it will be very, very tough.”
And just as the Italian promised, Chelsea are now close to agreeing a fee in the range of £32 million for Kante, as per Sky Sports. The France international will be having a medical with the club this weekend, the report adds.
On the other hand, Matic is being linked with a potential transfer to Italian Champions Juventus, and also with a possible reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
But contrary reports have now revealed that Chelsea have no intention whatsoever of losing the 27-year-old – especially to an English rival. Moreover, club owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be a fan of Matic, and will therefore not be selling the Serbian this summer.