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​New Chelsea boss Conte making Matic feel wanted

Nemanja Matic admits the arrival of Antonio Conte to Chelsea has made him feel wanted at Stamford Bridge again, reports the London Evening Standard.

Conte believes he can make the 27 year old Serbia international one of the best midfielders in the world and such public backing has given Matic a boost.

He told Standard Sport: "What he said gave me a special feeling. Like every player here, I have a good relationship with the manager. I respect what he said about me and, of course, I liked what I heard.

"It was a strange year for all of us last season. Of course, I was not happy that we finished 10th in the table but there were many things that made it hard for me, yet I can't speak about it.

"So it was important for me to know that I am a big part of his [Conte's] plans. I have been at the club for two-and-a-half years and have always given my best every day. Until I'm here, I will continue to give everything to the team."

Matic added: "The manager played football at a very high level and it helps him to know things, to understand us and to show us on the pitch what we can do better, how we can improve.

"We have worked together for two weeks and I can already see that he is a great manager, with a great team of coaches. I'm sure this team will improve with him."

Ian Ferris
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