Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has questioned Chelsea’s decision to sell Nemanja Matic to direct Premier League title rivals Manchester United, according to Sky Sports.
Yesterday it was announced that Nemanja Matic had signed a three-year deal with Manchester United where he will be reunited with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
However, following Chelsea’s decision to allow the 29-year-old to move to Old Trafford, former Manchester United defender and current Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has questioned the Premier League champions’ decision to offload such an important player in Chelsea’s squad.
Neville told Sky Sports, “It’s a strange one for Chelsea to let him go because I thought he was really good for them with Kante. I think they need to strengthen, so I’m not sure why they’re letting him and they must have a replacement.”
Although the arrival of Tiemoué Bakayoko from Monaco this summer has increased competition for places in the heart of Chelsea’s midfield, it seems very odd that the Blues have allowed Nemanja Matic, one of the world’s best defensive midfielders, to move to a direct title rival.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Chelsea have sold an important squad member to a rival team. In January 2014 fan favourite Juan Mata was allowed to leave Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford after the midfielder was used sparingly by the then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho .
Also, in June 2015 Chelsea legend Petr Cech was allowed to leave Chelsea for Arsenal as the Czech Republic international swapped South London for North London.
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