Jose Mourinho Talks About The Agent And The Story Behind Man United’s £40m Signing

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gets ready to face his former side Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend. There is no doubt that all attention would be on how Jose will fare, but equal attention will be on a former Blues’ player as well.

Nemanja Matic made the move from Chelsea to Manchester United in the summer and has been a revelation for the Red Devils. As he gets ready to face his former side, critics can’t stop but think why Chelsea sold him to one of their direct title rivals.

The Serbian midfielder was sold to United for a fee of £40m and has shown that he is an absolute bargain at that price. Such has been his impact at his new club that experts have come out and opined that he could be the ‘signing of the summer’ for the Red Devils.

Former United captain Gary Neville even questioned why Chelsea did this business and called it the worst transfer that could have ever been sanctioned by the Blues.

So, what went behind the scenes in getting this over the line? Mourinho lifted the lid on the activity and has said to Sky Sports that it was Matic’s agent who opened the doors to the transfer by ringing him up.

Mourinho said that the 29-year-old was someone he couldn’t refuse (Daily Star):

“I was surprised, I was surprised when his agent called me to say: ‘Do you want him?’

“I was surprised. But he’s an agent that I know well and normally he’s very direct, very objective.

“He doesn’t lose time, he doesn’t drive people to be interested in his players to improve the player’s situation in his club.

“Normally he’s really straightforward and that.

“So when he told me: ‘You can have him if you want’, of course I wanted.”

The transfer was made possible because Matic was not getting enough game time under Antonio Conte and decided to force the issue by not training with Chelsea.

The Italian bought AS Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko and Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater, but neither is yet to show any form that Matic has shown at Old Trafford this season. With Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini injured for the clash, Matic’s importance in this game would be much more than usual.

Matic has come out and said that he wouldn’t mind getting booed at Stamford Bridge as he feels that the transfer was a professional decision. Of all the signings Mourinho has done (and will do) at Old Trafford, Matic will probably remain one of the best.