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Chelsea confirm signing of Matic

Nemanja Matic
Matic injured his foot against Italy at the European Under-21 Championship

Chelsea have signed central midfielder Nemanja Matic from Slovakian club MFK Kosice on a four-year deal.

The 21-year-old, who has two full Serbia caps, completed his move to Stamford Bridge on Monday in a deal that is thought to be worth £1.5m.

Matjic is currently sidelined because of the broken metatarsal that ended his Under-21 European Championship campaign in Sweden after only one game in June.

"I know a lot about Chelsea, I have been following them," he said.

MFK president Blazej Podolak added that the deal was rubber-stamped because "the money does not come in instalments but immediately".


Matic recently underwent surgery and had a metal plate inserted into his foot after breaking his foot against Italy.

Sunderland and Tottenham were also understood to be tracking the player.

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