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Nemanja Matic | Midfielder | #31

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 185

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Manchester United have completed the signing of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea on a three-year deal for a fee believed to £40 million.
The 28-year-old defensive midfielder was deemed excess to require at Stamford Bridge with the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko and now rejoins manager Jose Mourinho, who brought him to Chelsea in 2014. The Serbian becomes Manchester United's third signing of the summer after the arrival of Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof. Matic will be expected to operate in a holding midfield role alongside Ander Herrera, thus allowing Paul Pogba to play in a more advanced position. Speaking on his newest signing, Mourinho said: "Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player. I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him." Jul 31 - 2:39 PM


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Manchester United is reportedly finalizing a summer move for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic this week.

Reports suggest the Red Devils have agreed to a £40 million move for the Serbian midfielder after missing out on Tottenham's Eric Dier. Chelsea, originally reluctant to let Matic join a Premier League rival, may have no other choice but to let him join Manchester United after Juventus dropped its interest in the central midfielder. The club signed Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko earlier this month and have a surplus of quality players at the position.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 30 - 1:19 PM

Chelsea announced its second major signing of the week with a £40 million move for Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The move looks to spell the end of Nemanja Matic at Chelsea after the midfielder was left out of the club's preseason tour of Asia. The Blues were involved in a battle with Manchester City for Bakayoko, who will form a formidable partnership with N'Golo Kante that looks to be one of the best in the league. "I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood. I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach (Antonio Conte) and alongside so many great team-mates."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 15 - 2:37 PM

Manchester United are expected to sign Chelsea's Nemanja Matic in the next week.

United manager Jose Mourinho is very keen to sign the player that he brought to Chelsea in 2014 for a fee thought to be in and around £40 million. Matic, who is 28, has reportedly agreed personal terms and a £155,000 per week contract with the Red Devils. The deal is expected to go through before United jet off on their pre-season tour in the USA on July 9th. Matic is being drafted in as a replacement for ageing veteran Michael Carrick, who is 36 in July and entering what is presumed to be the final season of his career after he signed a one year extension to his current contract. Matic is also viewed as a step up from Belgian beanpole Marouane Fellaini. Matic will not be able to replace Carrick's passing ability, however he is an accomplished defensively minded midfielder who is used to the pace of the PL. The move indicates that Antonio Conte will not be letting Cesc Fabregas leave the club this summer, and may pave the way for The Blues to sign Tiemoué Bakayoko from Monaco.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 11:01 PM

Influential midfielder Nemanja Matic, who missed last weekend through injury, is fit to play for Chelsea against West Brom on Sunday.

Matic was a surprise omission from Antonio Conte's starting XI last weekend, due to a muscle injury, but is set to make his return this weekend. According to Chelsea's official Twitter feed, Conte has confirmed that Matic has trained since Tuesday and is fit. This means Matic will likely regain his place in the starting XI for Sunday's clash with West Brom. However, if Matic is unavailable then Cesc Fabregas would be favored to replace the Serbian international.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 10:49:00 AM

Nemanja Matic, a steady presence in Antonio Conte's XI, was a surprise absence today, missing out with a minor thigh muscle injury.

It is not clear if Matic picked up the injury in training yesterday or sometime this morning, but the central midfielder misses his first league match of the season, in which he has started every one. It may come to some as a surprise that he is second in the league in assists, totaling seven so far. Cesc Fabregas deputizes today, getting a rare chance to start. Given the "minor" tag of the injury, Matic probably will be in contention next weekend for Chelsea.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 08:22:00 AM

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic recorded an assist and completed 56 passes in Sunday's victory over Manchester United.

The imposing defensive-midfielder has become an essential figure in the starting XI and for the third straight league match recorded an assist. The assist extended his Premier League total to four, which means he now shares the league-lead with Kevin De Brunye and Dimitri Payet. His success is linked to the partnership formed with N'Golo Kante, who against Manchester United lead Chelsea in passes completed (57) and scored for the first time since moving to Stamford Bridge.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 05:17:00 PM

New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has stated that Nemanja Matic is not for sale.

There have been rumors regarding Matic going to Juventus after Chelsea acquired defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante. However, it seems that Conte is excited to have a choice between the two and that could be a big motivator for Matic. There is a possibility where Chelsea play both together, and move Fabregas to a more advanced position, but either way Matic is not going to be a good fantasy player this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 04:33:00 PM

Nemanja Matic missed out on Chelsea's FA Cup win due to a head injury.

Matic "got hit by the ball in the back of the head" in training and was feeling slightly dizzy. It sure sounds like Matic could have concussion symptoms and if that's the case, he might be held out of the midweek match against West Brom. If he can't go, expect Ramires or John Obi Mikel to get the start in his place.
Sun, Jan 10, 2016 07:23:00 PM

Nemanja Matic is likely to play in Chelsea's match tomorrow but is expected to wear a mask.

Matic is not a viable fantasy target in most leagues due to his defensive minded production and the mask doesn't help. It's good news for Chelsea's defense that he'll play, but he shouldn't be played in fantasy.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 01:02:00 PM

Nemanja Matic was sent off for getting a second yellow in Chelsea's match against West Ham.

Both of Matic's fouls were not smart and he deservedly got sent off. He will miss gameweek 11 with a one-match ban for the red card. Jose Mourinho was also sent off for having words with the referee and it's unknown what the length of his ban will be. Chelsea's boss should be worried about his job now, as reports have surfaced about him being sacked following the team's horrific start to the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 12:21:00 PM

Chelsea FC are reeling early in the 2015-2016 season, suffering their third loss in the opening five games after falling victim to Everton today, 3-1.

The Blues may have ended their title-repeat hopes just one month into this season as they now have dropped eleven of a possible fifteen points. The defense once again proved the biggest issue, but the attack was not very crisp either. Nemanja Matic scored a cracker from distance after they had fallen behind by two goals, cued up by Jon Obi Mikel, but the players you would expect to be involved in scoring disappointed again, most noticeably Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Questions need to be asked about what is happening off the pitch because a roster that has had little downgrade from last season should not experience this drastic of a dropoff and Branislav Ivanovic's decline cannot be the only culprit. Things won't be made any easier with Arsenal as their next opponent.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 09:58:00 AM

Nemanja Matic is back from a two-match ban and will likely face Southampton this weekend.

Matic has been one of Chelsea's most important pieces this year and he's almost certainly going to be in the starting XI on Sunday. Chelsea are a better team with him and having just been eliminated from the Champions League, the Blues will look to take out their anger on Southampton. Matic doesn't get involved in the attack enough to warrant ownership in the Yahoo! game but he can be a decent option in leagues that give points for defensive stats. John Obi Mikel continues to be out.
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 02:31:00 PM

The FA has reduced Nemanja Matic's ban to just two matches, one less than the original three match-ban.

Chelsea are still furious with the decision as Ashley Barnes goes unpunished for his horrible challenge that caused Matic to retaliate and be sent off. This certainly helps Chelsea, as they now only have to play one Premier League game without Matic(his first match out is the Capital One Cup final). Expect Matic to come back in week 28 and use him as you normally would.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 08:48:00 AM

Chelsea will appeal to have Nemanja Matic's three-match ban revoked.

There is some controversy about Ashley Barnes not being punished for his challenge on Nemanja Matic and Chelsea have decided to appeal Matic's red-card. A situation similar to this one allowed West Ham goalkeeper Adrian to have a suspension overruled due to Mane committing a foul on him right before the red-card challenge. This could be a huge boost for the Blues if they can get the suspension removed since Matic has been one of their most important players this season. With Premier League matches against Southampton and West Ham coming up, this suspension alone can be a deciding factor in the title race.
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 10:54:00 AM