Frank Lampard surprised at Chelsea selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Manchester United begin their bid to be genuine Premier League title contenders on Sunday when they face West Ham United knowing that an improvement in home form is vital.

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"Petr had done such a lot for the club, Thibaut Courtois had come in and it would have been harsh to stop him moving to Arsenal when he was so settled in London, but this is different".

"They know how to play these games".

Conte stated: "Matic knows very well what I think about him - the importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team".

"There's responsibility on Bakayoko not just to bring the talents that he has - and he has many - but also the discipline to fit into the system".

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Chelsea have made four signings - Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero - this summer, while allowing Matic, Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic, Nathaniel Chalobah, John Terry, Kurt Zouma and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave either permanently or on loan.

And Matic has outlined the Premier League title as his main aim with Manchester United this season. I have been away for over 10 years now and I don't get to see my mum that often. He's got great movement and he's a good finisher, so he now needs to adapt to the Premier League.

Asked if he would start against Burnley on Saturday, Conte said: "He's working very well and starting to understand our idea of football".

"He seemed like he wanted to leave past year at times, although he was very influential and played very well", he said of Costa.

'I think I had the benefit of realising how good he is when he's playing just in front of you - on and off the ball. "Old Trafford is waiting for us and I think Old Trafford has a reason to be behind us", he said. We want to be competitive and we want to fight for the title again.

"I think he's very similar in a way to Michael Carrick".

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