Benfica and Serbia midfielder, Nemanja Matic, has confirmed that he played his last game for the Portuguese club and is to return to Chelsea.
The 26-year-old midfielder played for Chelsea between 2009 and 2011, but only came to three first team appearances and moved to Benfica as part of the deal that took David Luiz to Stamford Bridge.
After impressing during his time with the Portuguese side, however, the Serbian international is set to return to Stamford Bridge in a deal that is reported to be worth around £20m.
"It was my last game [for Benfica]," he told A Bola, referring to Sunday's 2-0 victory over Porto.
"I want to thank everyone at the club and all the supporters. Benfica will be forever in my heart.
“I played here for two-and-a-half years - I gave my all in every training session, in every match, and now is the right time to leave.
"I want to improve and to play in a better league, and I want to go to Chelsea, which is the other club I like.
No official transfer has yet been confirmed be either club, but Matic seems to wanting to push his move to Stamford Bridge with his comments.
"I also want to thank the Benfica president (Luis Felipe Vieira), who did everything he could to keep me here but, ultimately, I wanted to leave and insisted on leaving.
“I respect the effort made to keep me here - he and everyone at Benfica were very good to me and made me happy - but, to repeat, I insisted on going as I felt the time was right."
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