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Matic is a 'gross loss' for us, admits Chelsea boss Conte

Matic is a 'gross loss' for us, admits Chelsea boss Conte

CHELSEA star Willian has revealed he nearly secured a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United this summer.

The Serbia global played a key role in the Chelsea team that won the top-flight title with two games to spare in Antonio Conte's first season last term.

The midfielder joined United from Premier League champions Chelsea in a deal believed to be worth £40m in July.

Antonio Conte has since hinted the decision to let Matic go was not made by him and says people should "ask the club" about the transfer.

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It was certainly a position that Manchester United as a team needed to strengthen, and they've gone and done it with Matic'.

But Mourinho was nevertheless impressed with his former Chelsea charge: "I think he played really well, I think in the moment they were moving the ball well of course was hard for us in the midfield. Not just for his qualities but also for my relationship with him, the way I know him, the way he knows me".

He said: "I think he's one of these players where there are no question marks in front".

As for Valencia, who captained United in Michael Carrick's absence against Real, the incredible physical strength of Lukaku, combined with a good level of footballing intelligence, should give the 24-year-old the platform to have a good season.

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"He is a fantastic signing".

"The only thing I have to do is work every day like I always do, the only demand on me is the one I put on myself", Mourinho said.

"We have had a better pre-season than a year ago and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League".

Matic was an integral part of Mourinho's Chelsea side which won the Premier League in 2015 and the Portuguese admitted he initially felt as though he had "no chance" of being reunited with the Serb at Old Trafford.

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