Nemanja Matic Sale a Casualty of "Crazy Transfer Market", Says Antonio Conte

Phil Neville

Phil Neville

But sometimes I think you must accept this insane summer transfer market.

Highly effective at breaking up play, Matic averaged three defensive actions per game in the Premier League last season, while he is also excellent at retaining possession and was successful with 88% of the passes that he attempted.

United are hoping to make another signing before the end of the transfer window, with the Manchester Evening News claiming the club are continuing their pursuit of Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.

"I think he brings aggression to United's midfield, which is something they have been lacking".

"So I would think that he would definitely want more, and I think they are probably short of where he wanted them to be at this stage of the season".

He added: "I know some of players aren't happy with him too".

Diego Costa and Chelsea are engaged in legal proceedings as the acrimonious battle to resolve the unsettled striker's future drags on, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

"You just do not sell one of your best players".

"We have to play Champions League". The importance for me about this player, as I repeat he's a really good player, he's a really strong player, very important for our team. Sometimes you must accept different decisions.

Plain logic makes it hard for even the most oblivious football fan to realise why in God's name would champions want to sell their prized asset to direct league rivals, without bringing in an adequate replacement.

"Bakayoko is a good signing for us", the Italian said.

The Serbian's Premier League experience could prove to be a world's difference as Blues wait for the summer arrival Bakayoko to hit the ground running.

Morata has also laid down a goal target for himself ahead of the new Premier League season. They don't like way he goes about things, it's very dictatorial.

"For a defender especially it's worth watching strikers movements, not too much, not overkill but I think you can get an idea of what type of player they are like".

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils last season before suffering knee ligament damage in April.

Chelsea begin their title defence at home against Burnley on Saturday and Conte expects tougher campaign than the one before.

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