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Ray Wilkins upset at Chelsea for transfer deal with Man Utd

Former-Chelsea midfielder and assistant manager Ray Wilkins has told Sky Sports that selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United was the ‘worst’ piece of business the West London club have done.

The 29-year-old joined us for £40 million over the summer as the Blues did business with AS Monaco in bringing in Tiemoue Bakayoko to partner N’Golo Kante in the middle of Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation.

Then on deadline day Chelsea came across desperate as they splashed £35 million on Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City.  To think they value Matic at only £5 million more than the three-time England international is laughable.

Last season Nemanja Matic was a key part of the Chelsea team, alongside N’Golo Kante that won the Premier League title.  The Serbian international started more games than Cesc Fabregas who remains at the club.

Matic has started the season in fine form for us, as a key part of our side that has thrashed both West Ham and Swansea 4-0 and beaten Drinkwater’s former side Leicester 2-0.

Speaking to Sky Sports today, Ray Wilkins came across furious at Chelsea’s decision to sell Matic to their Premier League rivals:

“It’s the worst I’ve ever seen, if I can say. 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.”

As the Sky Sports pundit pointed out, Paul Pogba has looked excellent in our opening three games of the new season as a result of Matic being in the team.  The French star has more freedom and confidence in going forward knowing that the Serbian is going to protect our back four if he’s out of position.

We’re yet to concede a single goal in 270 minutes of Premier League action and David de Gea has only had five saves to make, of which most of them have been tame efforts on our goal.