Chelsea news: Antonio Conte BLASTED for selling Nemanja Matic to Man Utd

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Nemanja Matic

GETTYNemanja Matic has been in scintillating form for Manchester United this season

That is the view of pundit Garth Crooks.

He claims Chelsea's Premier League title defence ended before it even really started this season, with the Blues currently sitting 25 points behind runaway league leaders Man City.

After becoming an integral part at Stamford Bridge last season, Matic was surprisingly deemed surplus to requirements when Jose Mourinho came calling in pre-season.

And with the Serb's replacement Tiemoue Bakayoko failing to impress since joining Chelsea, Crooks believes Conte used poor judgement when selling Matic to a title rival.

"Can anyone explain why Antonio Conte sold Matic to one of his main rivals?" he asked when picking his BBC team of the week.

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Antonio Conte and Nemanja Matic worked well together at Chelsea last season

I didn't understand it at the time and it makes even less sense to me now

Garth Crooks

"I didn't understand it at the time and it makes even less sense to me now.

"Against Brighton the Serbia international was imperious.

"Matic is not a star and refuses to crave the limelight in the same manner as Paul Pogba for example - although there is nothing wrong with that if you are performing.

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