The reliable reporter revealed on his twitter account that the Blues were keen on keeping the Serbian at Stamford Bridge, and were determined to tie him down to a new contract.
However, after the club signed former Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko, his mind was made up.
Jose Mourinho had expressed a desire to bring the midfield anchorman to Old Trafford, and the Portuguese boss claims that he had got a call from the player, stating his interest in the chance to work under him again for Manchester United.
Matic had a contract with the Londoners that ran up to 2019, and reports suggest that the 29-year-old had absolutely no intention to sign a new contract whatsoever, despite a renewal offer being put on the table. With this attitude in mind, it became evident that the Blues had only one option, and that was to wave him goodbye.
He was left out of the Premier League Champions’ pre-season squad, and was forced to train alone alongside the then-injured Eden Hazard at Chelsea’s Cobham training base in London.
Posting on twitter, Solhekol revealed the news, while also admitting his confusion as to why Chelsea would sell a star player to a direct rival. He wrote: ‘Chelsea wanted to keep Matic but he wanted to go. Had two years left on contract & wasn’t going to sign new deal. Why sell to rival though?’
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