"If I done a interview like that 2 days before the season started Maxi miller and Stevie P would have been having more than words with me".
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard admits he was surprised by his club's decision to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, as he hinted the Serbian midfielder was the driving force behind one of the more unexpected transfers of this summer.
Antonio Conte admitted on Wednesday that the departure of Matic was a "great loss" to Chelsea, who will also begin their Premier League title defence without £40 million signing Bakayoko due to a knee injury picked up in the final weeks of last season at Monaco.
"Petr had done such a lot for the club, Thibaut Courtois had come in and it would have been harsh to stop him moving to Arsenal when he was so settled in London, but this is different".
"This doesn't seem quite the same, but at the same time we don't know whether Matic wanted to leave". Did he want a new challenge at 29?
"They know how to play these games".
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Nemanja Matic is clearly an upgrade for Manchester United in an area that was a problem for them, especially with Michael Carrick getting older.
"There's responsibility on Bakayoko not just to bring the talents that he has - and he has many - but also the discipline to fit into the system".
Champions Chelsea could give a debut to Spain striker Alvaro Morata at home to Burnley, while last season's runners-up Tottenham Hotspur, who have yet to sign any players in the transfer window, visit promoted Newcastle United on Sunday. He needs this year to kick on and Matic arriving at the club has to help him. I have been away for over 10 years now and I don't get to see my mum that often.
'For me Matic is a fantastic player - a real, real top player, ' he said. Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League a year ago.
United sealed a £40m deal for Matic last month, with the move not appearing to have been well received by Blues manager Antonio Conte, who has struggled to disguise his annoyance in a summer when Chelsea have failed to land some of his top transfer targets. I think he has good prospects for Chelsea - for now and the future. "Old Trafford is waiting for us and I think Old Trafford has a reason to be behind us", he said.