Courtois Reveals Why Chelsea Couldn’t Stop Matic From Leaving

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Chelsea will be facing a solid Manchester United defense in an important Premier League clash this Sunday, wherein both the teams will be eager not to lose any points at the Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have been struggling so far this campaign, and look far from the levels they displayed last season. Experts believe their decision to sell midfielder Nemanja Matic was nothing else than foolish, as they have been struggling with the ball in the midfield, especially after N’Golo Kante suffered an injury last month.

Amid their poor form, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has recently revealed that it was actually the 29-year-old Serbian who was itching to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford, despite Chelsea’s persistence to keep hold of the defensive midfielder.

Asked whether the club regrets the move, Courtois stated: “That’s not my decision to make. Those are questions you need to ask to the people who made that happen. If a player nowadays wants to go to a team, then he has, I don’t want to say the power – but if he has a strong will to leave and join another team then it is hard for the club to retain him.

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic.

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“You cannot just ignore him and say ‘you cannot leave’ because then you have a disappointed player who won’t play at his best. So obviously for us you give a player to another big team, but they are choices that are made in football and we have some quality midfielder, so I hope we can show on Sunday that we are better.”

The Serbian has been part of a perfect start for Manchester United this season with just one loss in 16 matches overall, thus, making the decision of the Blues to sell him a blunder that they might regret towards the end of the season.

It is understood that the former Benfica player made up his mind to join up with his former boss Jose Mourinho very early last summer, and supposedly left Chelsea with no choice but to eventually sanction the £35 million move.

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Written by Himangshu Das  

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