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article imageChelsea sign Nemanja Matic

By Daryl Hammond     Jan 15, 2014 in Sports
London - Chelsea have re-signed Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic for £20.7 million ($33.9 million), three years after selling him to SL Benfica.
Matic made only two appearances for Chelsea before moving to Portugal as part of the deal that took David Luiz the opposite way. Matic is hoping to become more successful in his second spell at the club:
"I am very happy for this opportunity to be back at this club," Matic told Chelsea's club's official website. "I feel very good because of that and just want to say I will give my best to help the team and make the Chelsea fans happy."
Matic left Stamford Bridge only three years ago having initially signed for £1.5 million from MFK Kosice. He is now making his return for 14 times the price they paid in 2009.
Chelsea has a wealth of attacking talent in midfield, and José Mourinho has made known his desire for a top quality defensive player in that position:
"I am very pleased that Nemanja is returning to Chelsea. He has grown as a player in Portugal and has become a fantastic all-round midfielder.”
Mourinho added: "I am sure he will become a very important member of the squad and help us to achieve our ambitions."
The Serbian has matured and vastly improved during his time at Benfica. He won the Primera Liga Player of the Year in 2013, and even faced The Blues in the Europa League Final.
His recent resurgence has prompted Chelsea to take another gamble on the player they signed for a mere £1.5 million the first time around.
Matic is likely to take up a position that has recently been occupied by David Luiz, Mikel and Michael Essien alongside Ramires in central midfield, with either of three likely to depart this season.
Also set to leave in this transfer window is Belgian midfielder Kevin De Brunye, who is on the verge of a move to Wolfsburg.
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