Matic must earn Chelsea place, says Mourinho

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.

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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