Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits it is “unfortunate” that Nemanja Matic is now a Manchester United player.
Nemanja Matic played a key role in the Blues’ Premier League title success last season before being allowed to complete a £40m summer move to rivals United.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford on Super Sunday, Conte said: “About this player, I can talk only really well because he played with us last season.
“I think he was one of the key players in winning the title. Now Matic, unfortunately, is playing for Manchester United. I wish for him the best. Not on Sunday, but in the future.”
Conte said last summer that selling the player was a “big loss” for the champions, and asked why Matic was allowed to join a potential title rival, the Italian replied: “In the past we have already managed this topic.
“I don’t want to come back and speak about the past because I think it’s not important, not interesting for us.”