Chelsea Confirm €25m Signing – Here’s How The New Man Will Fit In To Mourinho’s XI

By on January 15, 2014

With the January transfer window now open for business clubs will be working hard to try and strengthen their squad for the second half of the season, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Chelsea complete the signing of Nemanja Matic.

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Chelsea confirmed the signing of Serbian international midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica on Wednesday evening.

The Blues officially announced the deal on Chelseafc.com, confirming the 25-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and while they failed to disclose the exact amount they had paid, the BBC claim the figure is €25m (£21m).

It’s certainly a huge outlay for a player who was valued at around £3m just two-and-a-half years ago when he was used as a make-weight in the deal that saw David Luiz move to Stamford Bridge. However, Jose Mourinho clearly rates him highly and has wrapped up his first major piece of business in the January window.

Upon signing his contract, Matic told the clubs official website:

‘I am very happy for this opportunity to be back at this club. I feel very good because of that and just want to say I will give my best to help the team and make the Chelsea fans happy.’

Mourinho was also delighted to have brought the player back to west London, claiming he has developed during his time in Portugal and is now a ‘fantastic all-round midfielder’:

“I am very pleased that Nemanja is returning to Chelsea. He has grown as a player in Portugal and has become a fantastic all-round midfielder. I am sure he will become a very important member of the squad and help us to achieve our ambitions.’ Mourinho is quoted as telling Chelseafc.com

Matic has been handed the No.21 jersey and is expected to go straight into the squad to face Manchester United on Sunday. However, it remains to be seen whether he’ll start or be among the substitutes.

Long-term, the Serb is expected to become an integral part of Mourinho’s first team plans and is likely to replace 35-year-old Frank Lampard in the starting eleven. John Obi Mikel has only recently come back in to favour while Lampard has been out through injury, and with the Blues splashing out over £20m on him, you’d expect Matic will start ahead of the Nigerian the majority of the time.

So with that said, here’s a look at how Mourinho’s strongest eleven could look following the signing of Matic:

What do Chelsea fans think? Is this now your strongest eleven? Or should Frank Lampard still command a first team place? Give us your suggested line-ups below.

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57 Comments

  1. Ebi tijani

    January 16, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Being d fact that we’ve brought in matic chelsea stil need d inpact of mata in dat squard n mikel eva since wen jose left d team in his 1st era d coaches didn’t bench mikel so mata is stil d creative midfielder we av in d team right nw so i disagreed wth d selectn

  2. Iniubong Asuquo

    January 16, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I don’t think it’s right keeping mikel out of the Chelsea squad to face man-utd. So with the likes of matic arriving stamford bridge, i think my formation would be. CHECK, d/f IVANOVIC, TERRY, CAHIL, COLE…. d/mid MIKEL, MATIC…. mid/f HAZARD, MATA, WILLIAN… strik TORRES….. Dat my formation

    • micheal

      January 16, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Fantastic formation……u are a real chelsea fan

    • Omosoji

      January 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      d formation is ok by me

  3. Ibrahim Habeeb

    January 16, 2014 at 7:15 am

    The pair of Matic-Mata in dat our squad will be so desperate enough.. take it

  4. Charles

    January 16, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Jm u v plyed utd 1stleg witout a cf now u shuld formate ur formation to diamond formation wit a MDMA,masiv dfence,masiv attack diamond formation, in ds game mikel our able holden mf wil ply wit oscar,harzd,wilam,liuz,azp, bt matic & mata as a sub.@ early 60 min for matic, mata 70mini.

  5. Igodo Joseph Africanous jnr.

    January 16, 2014 at 7:29 am

    My starting Eleven against Man-u…. Cech, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Torres. sub- schwarzer, DavidLuiz, Matic, Mata, schurrle, Eto’O, and Bertrand.

  6. Charles

    January 16, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Jm d formation dt u peploy agnst liverpool,deploy it agnst man utd, massiv dfence agnst Vp,welback, gigges,chacharto,utd,wit a masiv attack,use a diplomatic formation witout an unwanted dfensiv,mf badpass mistakes.go for goal cfc to top d table to win epl

  7. Bethel Peter

    January 16, 2014 at 7:38 am

    We the chelsea fans are happy With the signing of matic but the formation should be cec, david,ivan,terry,cole.rami,mikel. Hazard,mata,willianand torres.them matic will come in later.

  8. precious ugochukwu ojieh

    January 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

    i tank God dat now we hav replacement 4 lampard so my formatn goes like dis cech aephilecuta cahill terry cole mike ramires hazard oscar willian torres sub matic

  9. ejembi sam

    January 16, 2014 at 8:40 am

    MATIC should only come off the bench so as not to place him under intense pressure.

  10. DANNY

    January 16, 2014 at 8:41 am

    My formation , cech , ivanovic , terry , azipilicueta ,luiz , hazard , mata , mikel , willin ,ramires , eto,o

  11. Raheem mutiu

    January 16, 2014 at 9:17 am

    2 me chec cahll ,terry,luiz,aspecu,mikel,matic,hazard,wilian,osca.nd tores

  12. micheal

    January 16, 2014 at 9:38 am

    And where do u all keep our reliable and wonderful JUAN MATA??????……..to sad 2 hear 4rm ma fellow chelsea fans

  13. urch xavier

    January 16, 2014 at 10:06 am

    jm cant start matic in this high profile match considering the no of days left 4 d match b4 he signed

  14. Godwin Lelar

    January 16, 2014 at 10:58 am

    My first eleven,cech,Ivanovic,cole,terry,cahill,rameres,Luis,Hazard,mats,Willian,Torres.Mata has scored more goals against Utd in recent meetings.

  15. Wasiu sofela oliyide

    January 16, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Thanks to u all good and wonderful fans of chelsea my 4mation will go like this on sunday petre,cesar,gary,george,ashley,obinna,nascimento,eden,juan,willian and el nino

  16. shehu aminu

    January 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

    is on fair where did u guys keept mata of all chelseafc heart..if nt him i did nt see any one

  17. MPEKENYIE

    January 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Shehu Aminu u r right,Mata should include in Chelsea squad to Man Ultd on Sunday.

  18. Christiano

    January 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Guy’s as we all kn ivan is injured so my starting eleven is dis cech, aspl, cahil, terry, cole, mikel, remires, mata, wilian,hazard,torres. sub: oscar, matic,eto.o, luis, betrand,shul.

  19. Roy

    January 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I would put in Mata instead of Oscar-far more creative and always peforms against the big teams

  20. PAKZI WOKOMA

    January 16, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Same old boring formation.. IMO 3days is enough to integrate Matic into the team and chelsea should return to our 4-3-3 formation. Cech dave cahil terry ashl ! Rami-Matic-Mikel ! Willian – torres – Hazard

  21. david temple

    January 16, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    u all hv tried bt to me, cech, terry, cahil, cole, azcili, mikel, matic, mata, oscar,hazard nd torres, ramires, luiz,william nd schurrle bench pls

  22. Pinochjoseph

    January 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I pls wit fans 2 agree wit used 4.4 2.formation

  23. Sadic sadinho

    January 16, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Am very excited w d resigning of powerful midfielder matic he should be given regular playing time than lampard but u people should not 4get 2 sign a deadly striker like diogo costa or suarez nd left back shaw nd finally my 4formation agst man u is like dis g kp cech,defenders chahill,terry,azipillicuata,cole,midfielders,luiz,ramires,willian,hazard,oscar nd in the front etoo, subt :szchurs,mata,torres,matic,mikel,shurrl,nd betrand

  24. La Paix se Gagne!

    January 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    The formation is not that bad! But I suggest Matic should start from the bench and let Mikel start that game;or Mata… But anyway,I believe in Mourinho and i’ll trust whatever formation he sends on the pitch!

  25. Aloycious wehyee

    January 17, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Getleman, it is Ba that can scorer our goal agai man u, let cech/apl,cahill,terry,cole/luis,ramer,oscar/harza,ba, mata, getleman let these gas start that we can get our 3 point from man u,we don’t draw,

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