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Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins have slammed the club’s decision to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United.
Chelsea sold Matic to United for £40m in July amid mixed reactions. Some Chelsea fans thought it was a good move to sell a 29 year old for that huge amount while some weren’t comfortable with the club selling a top midfielder to a rival club.
And Wilkins is one of those who thinks it wasn’t a good deal. The former Chelsea player already feels Chelsea haven’t done well by signing Bakayoko but is even more surprised with the club’s decision to sell Matic. Wilkins says Chelsea allowing Matic join United is the worst transfer decision he has experienced.
“It’s the worst I’ve ever seen, if I can say,” he told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Standard. “I cannot see that for the life of me.
“You’ve got a guy here who was so paramount to Chelsea along with [N’Golo] Kante in the middle of the pitch, winning the championship for Chelsea the year before and all of a sudden you’ve sold him to one of or the biggest rival we have.
“I say we because I am a Chelsea supporter so I’m speaking from the heart when I speak.
“I just could not see why we would let Nemanja go there. He’s been outstanding for us and you’ve seen in the short period that he’s been there, how he’s allowed [Paul] Pogba to basically go and do what he wants.
“I just couldn’t see that piece of business, at all.”
Matic has started well at Manchester United, helping the Old Trafford club to three wins in their first three games.
Personally, I can’t question Chelsea’s decision to let Matic join United, getting £40m for a player who is 29, had two years in his contract and didn’t want to sign a new deal makes so much sense. Allowing him join a rival might be a bad idea but that would only haunt us if we don’t focus on ourselves.