Antonio Conte: 'Nemanja Matic is a great loss to Chelsea'

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"I really like the Matic signing", Scholes told BT Sport.

"He's been back a year now and the introduction of Matic is a good buy because it frees him up", Giggs said.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been speaking about the sale of Nemanja Matic, and has explained just why he was so angry at Chelsea for the sale - and it's not just because it has allowed Manchester United to bolster their side.

Matic traded Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford in a £35m deal in the wake of Tiemoue Bakayoko's high profile arrival from Monaco, having earlier been left behind as the rest of the squad embarked on a summer tour of east Asia.

"United were crying out for a central midfielder with the qualities of Nemanja Matic". You saw that in the Uefa Super Cup game - he'll fit very well in there.

"You respect that if that is the case".

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Pogba scored just the nine times in all competitions last season, only five of which were in the league, as United limped to a sixth-place finish.

"There is very rarely such big transfers between champions to clubs that are challenging them and it is a odd move".

Chelsea are now preparing for their Premier League opener against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as they look to get their title defence off to a winning start.

The 29-year-old, who has won two Premier League titles with Chelsea in three seasons, completed a £40m move to Old Trafford to become Jose Mourinho's third signing of the transfer window.

Meanwhile, Mourinho praised Matic's display and the way United's new boys continue to settle into his "amazing group". "It would be silly to dismiss Chelsea after the way they played so dominantly past year but looking at the teams, I think City and United will be up there and the teams to watch".

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