Chelsea transfers: Benfica’s Nemanja Matić rules out Blues return
Chelsea transfers: Benfica defender Nemanja Matić rules out a return to the Blues this summer
Nemanja Matić has ruled out an immediate return to Chelsea amid speculation the Blues and Manchester United are keen to sign the defender.
The 24-year-old was one of the key players in the Benfica side which suffered a 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the Europa League final in Amsterdam in May.
The Serbian joined the Portuguese outfit from the Blues as part of a transfer deal which saw David Luiz complete a €25m switch to the west London outfit.
Chelsea, who unveiled Jose Mourinho as their new manager on Monday, have been linked with a bid to sign their former defender, but Matić wants to stay at Benfica.
He told the Guardian: “Frankly, I want to stay another year in Lisbon.
“Of course, someone like Jose Mourinho wanting me to go back to London would be an opportunity to prove that I can play in the Premier League, but I
want to achieve more at Benfica, particularly in the big games.”
Matić made just three appearances for Chelsea before joining on loan to Vitesse Arnhem in 2010.