Paul Scholes questions Chelsea's sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester Utd

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Matic made a decision to call time on his second spell at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea emerged victorious in their chase of ex-Monaco man Tiemoue Bakayoko.

"For the record I don't think Danny will go his a sensational player but not great to do what has done with this interview as been told to!"

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United are ready to fight for the Premier League title this season.

In explaining his departure, Conte admitted how highly he rates the combative midfielder - further entrenching the belief that Matic was sold to Manchester United against the Chelsea manager's wishes.

"I think they're in a real good position, the squad looks strong and I think how Rashford, Martial and Lukaku play will determine what happens", said former United defender Gary Neville.

"He did well as Chelsea won the league previous year, but he didn't go back to the level of 2014/15 and Cesc Fabregas was playing a lot more in the second half of last season.

It would be silly to dismiss Chelsea after the way they played so dominantly past year but looking at the teams, I think City and United will be up there and the teams to watch".

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He said: "To buy lots of good players is important". "We tried everything to equalise and then to win the game", he said. He doesn't need time to adapt to England. "He's a player of 29 and has five years in the Premier League".

Another former United forward, Wayne Rooney, will make his first Premier League start since rejoining boyhood club Everton when they host Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Conte selected Michy Batshuayi ahead of the striker for Sunday's FA Community Shield defeat against Arsenal, but said that he is happy with his new signing's progress.

"We have Cesc Fabregas and we are trying to find another midfielder".

With the rest of his players showing the strain in some lacklustre preseason outings - Conte admits that Matic's experience will be missed amid the pressure of defending the title. "He needs to play regularly, he's a player I trust a lot".

'I think I had the benefit of realising how good he is when he's playing just in front of you - on and off the ball.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.

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