Chelsea starting XI ace admits he considered summer move

Chelsea midfield enforcer Nemanja Matic has admitted that he considered his future at Stamford Bridge over the summer but is happy that the club convinced his to stay.

The Serbia international was a dominant force in the Blues’ Premier League title success under Jose Mourinho in 2014-15 and established himself as one of the best central midfielders in the division.

However, along with a host of his team-mates, performance levels dipped last season as the defending champions toiled to a poor tenth place finish.

With Antonio Conte arriving to replace Guus Hiddink and an upheaval of sorts in the playing squad, Matic has confessed that he considered whether a transfer elsewhere would be the move needed to get his career back on track.

“I spoke with the club and we both decided that it was best for the club and for me to stay,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’m very happy because I’m now here with this team and this club. I will give my best and all my quality to help the team to challenge for the title.

“As I said, I’m very happy to be here. I want to improve my game and I’m sure Conte is the right coach to do that.”

Matic and new signing N’Golo Kante comprise a new-look and daunting central midfield partnership for the Blues, who will look to keep their Premier League title challenge on track with a win away to Swansea City this weekend.