A lot has been said of Chelsea’s sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, and with the Belgian shining at Old Trafford and his replacement Tiemoue Bakayako not living up to expectations, the talks will never end.
After Chelsea’s defeat to Roma on Tuesday, Phil Neville said: “I wouldn’t have let [Matić] out of the building.
“I would have chained him to the training ground walls!”
However, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes it’s time to forget about Matic and move on.
He said: “If a player nowadays wants to go to a team, then he has – I don’t want to say the power – but if he has a strong will to leave and join another team then it is hard for the club.
“You cannot just ignore him and say ‘you cannot leave’ because then you have a disappointed player who won’t play at his best.
“So obviously for us you give a player to another big team, but they are choices that are made in football and we have some quality midfielder, so I hope we can show on Sunday that we are better.”
Courtois added: “I don’t know [if we’ve missed him]. We know Nemanja’s qualities, he is someone who last year gave us the balance as well.
“He decided to go to another team, so we won’t live in the past. Our midfield is very good, we have very strong players so I don’t know if we miss him.
“But if you have two injuries in midfield, then, of course, you can say yeah we miss Nemanja because he is another quality player and he is doing well in Manchester.”