Chelsea applauded for Man United transfer deal

Joleon Lescott believes that Chelsea deserve credit for agreeing to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United this summer

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Nemanja Matic joined Manchester United this summer Photo: MUTV

Chelsea deserve credit for selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United in the summer transfer window, according to Joleon Lescott.

The Blues’ decision to let the Serbian midfielder leave Stamford Bridge to move to Old Trafford was met with surprise by many, especially after Matic played a key role in helping Chelsea to win the title last season.

Matic has slotted straight into Jose Mourinho’s first team at Old Trafford and has already helped Manchester United notch up three wins in a row to move top of the Premier League table.

However, Lescott believes Chelsea deserve credit for not standing in Matic’s way after it became clear he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge.

Lescott told Sky Sports News on Wednesday morning: “I know it’s going to sound strange me saying this, but I think Chelsea do deserve some credit in the fact that they made it clear to the player they didn’t want him and then they didn’t hinder him going to his destination of choice.

“In previous situations clubs would say they don’t want you and restrict you from going to rivals.

“Obviously Chelsea haven’t done that so you can applaud them for that aspect.

“But on a whole, what he brought to the team and the squad, it’s going to be hard to replace.”

Matic will be expecting to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils take on Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday evening.

Chelsea, meanwhile, return to Premier League action on Saturday with a trip to Leicester City.

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