Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Phil Neville: Manchester United's title bid strengthened by signing of Nemanja Matic

Phil Neville: Manchester United's title bid strengthened by signing of Nemanja Matic

Conte led Chelsea to the premier league title in his first season and was praised for his tactical and man-management skills.

Five players aged 19 to 22 have gone on loan to Premier League clubs, with others going overseas and to the Football League, including Lewis Baker, the midfielder who was last night poised to join Middlesbrough on a two-year loan.

It leaves Chelsea needing a new midfielder as well as reinforcements at wing back in the final days of the transfer window. 'I had talked to him many times.

In a certain way, I feel like I owed him something because he was the one who signed me for Juventus, only for him to have to leave.

"I can't think of a reason why Chelsea would sell him", Neville told Sky.

While the record books will show Diego Costa contributed 20 goals to Chelsea's title-winning campaign, the Spanish striker's disposition - never the sunniest even at the best of times - darkened significantly from January to May after a falling out with his manager after a lucrative move to China was quashed. There's that many games on TV now you can watch and see and you kind of know what each player and each striker is like.

"It is the price that must be paid for such a large transfer".

Morata, 24, has made three appearances for the club since his £70million move from Real Madrid and emerged from the bench in Chelsea's Community Shield defeat to Arsenal.

"We have been working very well and I must be pleased with the commitment of my players".

Rooney also played in both legs of the Europa League third qualifying round against Slovakian side MFK Ruzomberok. "We'll have a game plan and I'm sure we'll have the same game-plan regardless of whoever plays up front". "I think also in this season, this will happen". "The importance for me about this player, as I repeat he's a really real good player, he's a really strong player, very important for our team".

"At the start I wasn't aware that he had so much interest in signing me, but when I understood it then I had no doubts and [Chelsea] was my preference".

"As you know the Premier League is the main target".

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