Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott believes Chelsea deserve credit for selling Nemanja Matic join Manchester United.
Antonio Conte initially attempted to pull the plug on any deal for Matic after Romelu Lukaku joined Man United but ultimately had to let the Serbian move to Old Trafford for £40m.
He later conceded that he never wanted to sell the 29-year-old, and captain Gary Cahill later said he would be a big miss this season.
But Lescott, speaking earlier this week, had a slightly different interpretation of the move, insisting he was surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge anyway.
“I know it’s going to sound strange me saying this, but I think Chelsea do deserve some credit in the fact that they made it clear to the player they didn’t want him and then they didn’t hinder him going to his destination of choice,” he said.
“In previous situations clubs would say they don’t want you and restrict you from going to rivals. Obviously Chelsea haven’t done that so you can applaud them for that aspect.”
This is a bizarre claim – not as bizarre as when he explained that he accidentally tweeted a picture of his sports car a mere hours after getting battered 6-0 with Aston Villa, which becomes more hilarious the more you think about it. But still very strange indeed.
He doesn’t seem to acknowledge the facts of this transfer. Chelsea were initially prepared to sell Matic when they thought both Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alex Sandro were joining their midfield, only for Conte to then rule out the transfer when Lukaku and Sandro both rejected them, before eventually granting Matic his wish when pushed by the midfielder’s representatives.
In an ideal world, Conte would still have Matic in his squad. And Lescott would know that if he asked the man himself.