By Harry Sykes
Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic to Manchester United because he wanted to make the move and had no intention of extending his contract at the champions, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports correspondent Kaveh Solkehol has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the west London club were keen to hold on to the Serbian central midfielder.
But the 29-year-old “wasn’t go to sign” a new contract to replace a deal that had two years left on his contract.
Solkehol admitted he was puzzled that Chelsea opted to offload a key player in two title wins to a direct rival, which was a stance shared by fans of both clubs as well as pundits this evening (Sunday).
Chelsea wanted to keep Matic but he wanted to go. Had two years left on contract & wasn’t going to sign new deal. Why sell to rival though?
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 13, 2017
Matic, who completed a £40million transfer at the end of last month, made a hugely impressive Premier League debut for United this afternoon as they demolished West Ham 4-0 at Old Trafford.
His performance led Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville to describe Chelsea’s decision to sell him to United as “strange” and came after Antonio Conte had described him as a “great loss”.
A double from Romelu Lukaku and goals from Paul Pogba and substitute Anthony Martial got United’s league campaign off to an emphatic and memorable start.
In other Manchester United news, the deal is all but done for a pocket-sized speed machine to join the Old Trafford club.