Nemanja Matic could push for summer Chelsea exit


Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic could be pushing for a move away from Stamford Bridge amid interest from Spanish champions Barcelona. The Serbia international has been a key performer for the Blues, who look on course to lift the Premier League title this season.

Matic, 28, had been associated with the likes of Juventus and Manchester United prior to the start of the campaign before he received assurances that he would play a key part under Antonio Conte.

The Italian head coach has since lived up to his promise by pairing Matic alongside N’Golo Kante in midfield and this has paid dividends since the Blues’ switch to a 3-4-3 formation.

According to Catalan publication Mundo Deportivo, the Blues are in a tricky situation with regards to the player’s future following the impending interest from the La Liga holders.

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez had kept a close watch on Matic during the Blues’ 2-1 over West Ham United earlier in the month, and he is being seen as a potential cover to Sergio Busquets in the first-team.

Matic has been left out of recent league games in favour of Cesc Fabregas, but he nevertheless remains key to Conte’s plans ahead of what could be an exciting Champions League challenge next season.

The Serb is currently contracted to the Blues until 2019 on his £90,000-a-week wages and the club are hopeful that a significant rise would convince him to remain in west London. As of now, both Matic and his representative are in no hurry to pen an extension as they feel they could land a better package at Camp Nou this summer.