Gary Cahill says he is disappointed Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic , insisting he is a great loss to the club.
The Serbia international joined former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho at Manchester United for £40 million.
Chelsea secured the services of Bakayoko from Monaco and still has Kante on his roster. But Cahill insists Matic will be missed.
When asked about the Serb, Cahill told Sky Sports: “Matic is a fantastic player, a real top player. I had the benefit of realising how good he is when he’s playing just in front of you, on and off the ball.
“He’s going to be a huge loss, there’s no doubt about that. And for us it’s important because it can be very offensive this formation.
“People look at it as a five [in defence] but really it’s a three a lot of the time. The two wing-backs are pushed very high and we attack with numbers, so for us at the back in terms of balance you have to have some sort of protection and they gave us that last season.”