Frank Lampard surprised at Chelsea selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United

Conte's most recent interview, given with Sky Sports on Wednesday, has given the clearest indication that the 29-year-old's sale was not to his liking.

"Matic knows very well what I think about him". 'The importance for me about this player, as I repeat he's a really real good player, he's a really strong player, very important for our team.

"You get the feeling that Chelsea didn't really want Matic to go, but players can push for a move at times and that is why this deal feels different compared to Petr Cech's move from Chelsea to Arsenal a couple of years back".

Lampard believes Matic will help to transform United into Premier League title contenders this season, as he suggested Paul Pogba may be the biggest victor from the arrival of a new holding midfielder who will give him more freedom to get forward.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has described the departure of Nemanja Matic as a "great loss".

Ince believes the fresh faces will provide a return on sizeable investment in time, but is not convinced that United have surged ahead of their Premier League rivals - as has been suggested by others.

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"He is a great loss for us".

"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them".

"Matic is a fantastic player, a real top player".

"I came from a similar position when I went from Aston Villa to United and people will always cast doubt over whether you have the quality, but this guy has got it all. I had the benefit of realising how good he is when he's playing just in front of you, on and off the ball", said the England worldwide to Sky Sports on Wednesday. And for us it's important because it can be very offensive this formation.

But the Italian, with Matic keen on working with Mourinho once again, was eventually forced into letting the Serbian complete a transfer to United last week.

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