Chelsea have just confirmed that Serbia International Nemanja Matic has returned to Stamford Bridge from Benfica, signing a five-and-a-half-year deal. The 25-year-old originally departed Chelsea as part of the deal which enabled Luiz a move to west London from Benfica 3 years ago but Matic is now back at Stamford Bridge. Matic struggled to make an impact during his first spell at the club, spending a season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem before heading to Portugal.
Matic first came to prominence during his time at MSK Kosice and was signed by then-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti as a promising youngster. Although his career did not take off, Matic impressed during his time at Benfica and played in the Portuguese side’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final last season.
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