Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic credits his smooth return from Benfica to teammate Branislav Ivanovic.

Matic's settling in period has been hastened by the presence of fellow Serb Branislav Ivanovic, a man he says he one day hopes to emulate.

"Branislav is a very good man," Matic told Chelsea Magazine. "Everyone here likes him a lot and it is the same in the national team.

"We have lots of young players in our country's squad and they look up to him like an idol. It's good to have someone like him.

"We are only a small country, but for us Serbians I would say Branislav is a bit like David Beckham in England!

"He is at one of the best clubs in the world and he is one of our best players. In Serbia he is a king!"

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