Transfer news: Chelsea sign Nemanja Matic from Benfica only three years after letting him go
Former Blue returning to Stamford Bridge on five-and-a-half year deal
Wednesday 15 January 2014
Chelsea have signed Nemanja Matic from Benfica on a five-and-a-half-year contract according to the club's website.
The 25-year-old, who arrived in the capital last night in order to finalise his Benfica exit, is thought to have joined for around £21m.
The move comes only three years after Matic left Chelsea, when he was used as a makeweight in the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge.
However Jose Mourinho reportedly marked the midfielder out as a key transfer target when he also rejoined the club and the Chelsea hierarchy clearly had no problem with signing a player they let go so recently.
On signing his five-and-a-half-year contract, the Serbian said: "I am very happy for this opportunity to be back at this club. I feel very good because of that and just want to say I will give my best to help the team and make the Chelsea fans happy."
Jose Mourinho added: 'I am very pleased that Nemanja is returning to Chelsea. He has grown as a player in Portugal and has become a fantastic all-round midfielder. I am sure he will become a very important member of the squad and help us to achieve our ambitions.'
It is thought that Chelsea will offset most of the cost of the transfer with the imminent sale of Kevin De Bruyne to Wolfsburg for around £16m.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United's best XI of the season so far: No place for Angel Di Maria or Juan Mata
Manchester United's Angel Di Maria sells more shirts than Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa and every other player in the Premier League
Hector Bellerin opens up on switch from Barcelona to Arsenal
WrestleMania 31 results: Seth Rollins stuns WWE as he cashes in Money in the Bank contract to claim title from Brock Lesnar
WrestleMania 31: What time does it start? Full match card and preview ahead of WWE event
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 Germanwings crash: 'Andreas Lubitz planned to marry pregnant girlfriend', claims German report
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans