Pat Nevin sends message to Chelsea supporters about Man United signing
The former Chelsea winger believes it was always Antonio Conte's intention to sell Nemanja Matic this summer
Pat Nevin believes it was always in Chelsea and Antonio Conte’s thinking to sell Nemanja Matic in the summer transfer window.
The Premier League champions snapped up Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in a £40m deal from the Ligue 1 champions earlier this summer.
Bakayoko’s arrival triggered speculation about Matic’s future at Stamford Bridge given increased competition for places.
And Chelsea made the surprising decision to sell the Serbia international to Manchester United in a £40m transfer.
Conte has since come out and claimed that he didn’t want to get rid of Matic, although some media reports have contradicted the Chelsea boss.
Chelsea lost 3-2 to Burnley in their Premier League opener on Saturday in the absence of Matic and injured Bakayoko.
Manchester United, on the other hand, eased to an emphatic 4-0 victory over West Ham in their first game of the 2017-18 season as Matic scooped the man of the match award.
The Reds Devils followed up their opening win of the campaign with a 4-0 triumph at Swansea City on Saturday.
Former Chelsea midfielder Nevin attempted to shed light on what he believes happened between Conte, Chelsea and Matic this summer.
“Bakayoko wasn’t bought for the fun of it. Bakayoko was bought as a replacement,” Nevin told Irish radio station Newstalk.
“He is a similar type of player who is younger with more energy. Matic was to be around as back up.
“The suggestion subtly might have been to sell him but once Bakayoko is fit or as close to the window as possible. That would have made sense.”
The 29-year-old Serb won the Premier League twice during his stay at Chelsea under Mourinho and Conte.