ESPN FC: Matic makes Chelsea return
New Chelsea signing Nemanja Matic is thrilled to be back at Stamford Bridge and is determined to help the club to future silverware.
Matic, 25, left the Blues for Benfica in 2011 -- as part of the deal that took David Luiz in the opposite direction -- after struggling for game time in West London.
But the Serbia international returned to Chelsea in a 21 million pound deal on Wednesday, and is eager to test himself in the Premier League once again.
He told the club’s official website: "First, I want to play and help the team to win the Premier League, and if it's possible to play in and win the Champions League in the future [he is cup-tied in this season's competition]. I want to win titles here."
Matic improved considerably during his time at Benfica and believes his spell in Portugal has put in him in good stead as he attempts to secure a first-team spot under Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
"I've played regularly in a big club at Benfica, where it is not easy and there is a lot of pressure,” he said. "In those years I learned to be a winner and play under that pressure. I developed tactically in Portugal also, training very hard and I believe I am better physically also."
Mourinho was keen to see the midfielder return to Stamford Bridge, and Matic says he is looking forward to working under the former Real Madrid boss over the coming seasons.
"We have spoken. He said to be professional, to give my best for the team,” Matic said. "It's exciting to work with him, he is the best coach in the world and I want to work with him for a long time. I am ready."