Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Whoever Sold Matic To Man United, Needs Sacking, Says Neville

Phil Neville believes whoever decided to sell midfielder Nemanja Matic to Manchester United should be sacked after Chelsea crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Roma yesterday.
Antonio Conte sold the Serbian international to the Red Devils for a fee of around N16bn after lengthy negotiations between the two English football sides

Matic, 29, won two league titles at Stamford Bridge and Conte replaced him with Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

However, the Frenchman is yet to fill Matic’s boots and the Serbian has proved an instant success for the Red Devils.

And Neville believes Chelsea made the worst decision in English Premier League history this summer by allowing Matic to join Man United.
"I hate going back over old ground but when you’ve got Matic sat in front of you with Kante – who has been the player of the season for the last two years – you have the best two central midfielders in the league by a country mile," Neville told 5Live.

"Why they sold him…whoever made that decision needs sacking because it’s the poorest decision I’ve seen in the Premier League.

"To get rid of somebody who is not over the hill, who still has lots of football, has lots of quality.

"If you ask those Chelsea players now who they want in their team who is missing…forget anybody else in world football give me Matic back. Bakayoko is not that player that can do the same job as Matic.

"Whether they wanted him to go or not, I wouldn’t have let him leave the building. I would have chained him to the training ground and said “You’re not going anywhere”.

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