Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that it was his former teammate Nemanja Matic who wanted to move away from the Stamford Bridge and further went on to admit that Chelsea are in a dire need of someone of the abilities of the Serbian.
Chelsea sold Matic to Manchester United for a reported £40 million in the summer and were widely criticized by the pundits as well as the fans for their decision. And now, the Serbian will be up against his former club at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday and while speaking of his move to the Old Trafford, Courtois - who won two Premier League titles with Matic - said it was the Serbian's decision to move and underlying his abilities, the stopper went on to confess that Chelsea are indeed missing him.
"I don't know. I think we know he has qualities, he is someone that last year, give us the balance as well," Courtois said at the Stadio Olympico. "He decided to go to another team, we won't live in the past. He decided to leave, he left. Our midfield is very good, we have strong players.
"I don't know if we miss him but obviously, if you see we have two injuries in the midfield then obviously you could say we missed Nemanja. He is a quality player who is doing well at Manchester United. That's not my decision to make [about selling him]."
The Belgian was also asked as to why the board sanctioned Matic's sale to United and he simply replied, "Those are questions that you need to ask to the people who made that happen. I think that if a player nowadays wants to go to a team, the player has a strong will to join another team, it is hard and you cannot just ignore him and say you can't leave.
"Then you have a disappointed player who maybe won't play at his best. For us, you have given another player to another big teams. These are the choices made in football. He is a quality midfielder but hopefully we can show that we are better on Sunday."
Matic has established himself as the regular faced of the team and has already made 16 appearances in all competition for Manchester United. Chelsea, on the other hand, have struggled to get into the groove and have been affected by major injuries as well. N'Golo Kante's injury, in particular, has destabilized Chelsea's midfield completely while at the same time, Danny Drinkwater is yet to make a mark. Tiemoue Bakayoko has been brilliant at times, but remains inconsistent, to say the least.
"Obviously it is different to last season. Injuries have been coming and not at a good time. We know how important N'Golo is for us, he is the guy that brings a lot of balance into the team. But we can't push him to play if he doesn't feel ready," Courtois concluded.