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Published: Saturday January 18, 2014 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Updated: Saturday January 18, 2014 MYT 8:29:14 AM

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Nemanja Matic returns to Chelsea at the price of RM134mil – a tad expensive, some might say, but then he has developed into one of the best central midfielders in the world. – EPA Photo

Nemanja Matic returns to Chelsea at the price of RM134mil – a tad expensive, some might say, but then he has developed into one of the best central midfielders in the world. – EPA Photo

WELCOME back Nemanja Matic. And not a moment too soon.

The general consensus is that it is actually bad economics for Chelsea, considering that the Blues only valued him at £3mil (RM16mil) in the deal that brought David Luiz to the club.

Now we are playing Benfica a cool £25mil (RM134mil) for a player most believe we should have kept.

Nevertheless, here’s another train of thought ... if Matic had stayed on a few years back, there is no guarantee that he would have developed into the world class player that he is now.

Players like Gael Kakuta and Josh McEachran come to mind, struggling to break into the Chelsea first team squad.

The Serb, however, has matured into an excellent all-round midfielder since moving to Benfica, capable of holding on at the back and giving the extra edge up front.

Thus, the money the Blues are paying, plus the five-year contract probably means he is really a bargain.

In fact, I’m really excited that we are paying a reasonable price for probably one of the best central midfielders in the world right now.

This is the first time since 2005 when we brought in Michael Ballack that we are signing a real true central midfielder. No, Ramires doesn’t count ... even though he’s superb as always.

This shows that Chelsea mean business in shoring up the middle and stake a title claim in all competitions.

Because honestly, forget about our misfiring strikers ... Chelsea have always struggled to find the balance between creativity upfront and a defensive solidarity in the middle.

And the Blues have always extravagantly splurged on bringing in the creative talents.

Now with Matic back at Stamford Bridge, it’s time to get more serious in our pursuit of glory.

And the first opponents who should feel the Blues might will be none other than Manchester United.

Having gone from a team of champs to chumps since David Moyes took over, the Red Devils aren’t exactly a scary sight anymore.

With Wayne Rooney (thankfully) out with an injury, they will surely struggle at Stamford Bridge ... especially given Eden Hazard’s spectacular form.

But I know United can never be written off ... especially in big matches like this so it is up to the Blues to continue their push up the table.

With Matic back in the squad, I don’t see why not.

Keep the Blue flag flying high!

Kng Zheng Guan does not expect Juan Mata to start but with Oscar and Willian alongside Hazard, it’s more than enough.

Tags / Keywords: football, EPL, English Premier League, Chelsea, Nemanja Matic

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