Benfica star confirms he will make Stamford Bridge switch.
Nemanja Matic has played his last game for Benfica and will rejoin Chelsea in the coming days.
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The Serbia international confirmed that Sunday’s 2-0 home win over Porto was his last match for the Primera Liga club and he will return to the club who sold him in 2011.
“The game against FC Porto was my last game for Benfica,” Matic said.
“I want to thank everyone at the club and all the fans. Benfica will forever be in my heart.
“I played here for two-and-a-half years, gave my best at every training session, and now it is the right moment to leave.
“I want to improve, I want to play in a better league and I want to go to Chelsea, a club I also love.
“I would also like to thank Benfica’s president, he did everything he could to keep me, but I wanted to leave.
“I insisted on leaving because I think this is the right moment.”
The deal is thought to be worth £25m with Gael Kakuta heading to the Estadio da Luz on loan.