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Matic must earn Chelsea place, says Mourinho


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By Jamie Elliott

Friday 17 January 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stated that new signing Nemanja Matic will have to earn his place in the starting line-up, according to ESPN.


Nemanja Matic


The Blues re-signed the midfielder from Benfica for £20.75m this week, but the Portuguese boss believes it would send out the wrong message if his new acquisition suddenly became a first team regular.


“Matic is not starting the game (on Sunday). I feel that I owe that respect to my players. He's my player now, but I owe this to my other players,” said Mourinho.


“They are doing well and playing well,” Mourinho added. “It wouldn't send the right message to them if a new player came and immediately played in the team. So I won't use Matic from the beginning.”


The Serbian left the club as a makeweight in the David Luiz deal three years ago and since his return, there have been questions about the player’s price tag.


Mourinho believes that the signing of the 26-year-old was not one Chelsea could afford to turn down but he has admitted the midfielder is not a player he needs at the moment.


“He will be in the team in this evolution, in this moment of building up a team we want the team to be for many years. I'm happy that he came in this window,” the Chelsea boss continued.


“Not because we desperately need him - we don't, because our squad is a good squad and we have good balance - but in terms of how we analyse our squad for the future, his profile is the perfect one.”


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By Gooner on 17 January 2014 at 16:15


Still no mention tat Mata has left Chelsea.


 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 

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