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Former Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew believes Nemanja Matic was underrated during his time at Chelsea.

“I’m not sure he’s the missing piece but I think if you speak to any Chelsea fan, they’ll tell you this guy has been doing this for Chelsea for ages,” Pardew said on Sky Sports.

“He was perhaps underrated to some degree but he won’t be underrated now, the spotlight on a player at United is always greater.

“The media interest is always that much more.

“I think he’s good enough to cope with it and you have Michael Carrick sitting in the background who I had at West Ham, fabulous player.

“That is a lovely back-up too, so if Matic is injured at anytime or wants to rest him, he’s got the luxury of putting Carrick there.

“So he has a really nice situation in that position.”

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