Nemanja Matic Backs Romelu Lukaku For Strong Season

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2017

The 24-year-old scored 25 goals in 36 games in the Premier League last season to underline his status as one of the division's leading strikers. "He's a terrific player, a great signing for us, who knows what it takes to win", Carrick told reporters.

The Chelsea manager's sentiments have been echoed by club captain Gary Cahill, who has described to great detail how good Matic was at shielding the defense in Conte's attack-minded 3-4-3 formation.

Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte essentially admitted that the decision to sell midfielder Nemanja Matic to Manchester United was out of his hands.

Last term Matic made 35 league appearances as Chelsea romped to the title. "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".

Chelsea have made four signings - Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero - this summer, while allowing Matic, Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic, Nathaniel Chalobah, John Terry, Kurt Zouma and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave either permanently or on loan.

It is no secret that Conte needs and wants more players to work with at Chelsea.

Mourinho believes United's players - old and new - head into Sunday's Premier League opener against West Ham with "a positive feeling and great experience". The Italian has spoken very openly and optimistically about club-record signing Morata.

"I think we played everything so we don't lose this game", the Serbian said after a performance that thoroughly impressed Mourinho. "If he doesn't get players in then it wouldn't surprise me if he walked". "He had a massive part to play at Chelsea and what's important is he knows the league, the English way, how tough it is, how the season is, so he'll adapt quickly at United and I hope he'll have a big part to play for years to come", Carrick added. "He's working very well and starting to understand or idea of football".

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