Nemanja Matic has been backed by Antonio Conte to remain at Chelsea.
Nemanja Matic: Has made more tackles (213) than any other player in the last 2 Premier League seasons pic.twitter.com/oaNrTtYTyO
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The 27-year-old’s future was subject to lots of speculation following the arrival of N’Golo Kante from Premier League Champions Leicester City. News outlets reported that the Serbian may be eying a move to Juventus or Manchester United.
However, Matic still has three years left on his contract with the Blues, and his new manager has revealed that he sees the Serbia international as a key member in his future plans for the club.
“Matic is an important player for me, a very important player,” Antonio Conte mentioned. “In my idea of football he is an important player and he knows this.
“N’Golo, Nemanja, Cesc [Fabregas], Oscar, [Nathaniel] Chalobah and [John Obi] Mikel, who is in the Olympics, it is not easy to choose. I want to have this problem.”
Nemanja Matic joined the Blues in 2014 for a €25 million fee. The midfielder, however, couldn’t manage to save Chelsea last season.
Chelsea are currently in the United States as they prepare for the upcoming season. Conte will face rivals Liverpool during their pre-season tour – a match where Conte will have his first chance to prove his abilities.
“In these two days we worked a lot, but we want to play a good game against Liverpool and I want to see improvement of my players,” the Italian stated.
Chelsea finished 10th in the Premier League last season, after a catastrophic start to the season which even saw the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
The new manager has revealed that he wants to create a “good spirit” in the squad, so that the London giants can try and improve on their last season.
“When you have a bad season like last season for Chelsea I think the blame is a bit with all,” said Conte. “For this reason, it’s important to create a good spirit and stay together, both if we win or lose.”