United Fans Will Love Conte's Comments On Matic

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"It's very important for us that our strikers score goals", the midfielder told MUTV.

The move has reunited Matic with former manager Jose Mourinho, who last week described the 29-year-old as a "genius" after he impressed in a friendly win over Sampdoria in Dublin, as well as prompting many to question why Chelsea would willingly strengthen a domestic rival.

But the Italian, with Matic keen on working with Mourinho once again, was eventually forced into letting the Serbian complete a transfer to United last week.

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.

"And sometimes you must accept different decisions".

Conte has repeatedly stated Chelsea's need to improve their squad depth in the final weeks of the summer transfer window, and Lampard remains confident that the Premier League champions will get the players they need to compete on four fronts this season.

"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them. They allowed [Eden] Hazard, [Cesc] Fabregas and whoever else was playing that bit of freedom and I'm hoping he'll do that for United for [Paul] Pogba, [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan".

West Ham have also been active in the transfer market after flirting with the relegation zone last season and could feature Mexico global and ex-United striker Javier Hernandez in attack on Sunday. As a Chelsea fan you're always going to want more: 'Can we buy the best players? The club knows my priorities.

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.

Highly effective at breaking up play, Matic averaged three defensive actions per game in the Premier League last season, while he is also excellent at retaining possession and was successful with 88% of the passes that he attempted.

"He seemed like he wanted to leave previous year at times, although he was very influential and played very well", he said of Costa.

"I don't think the club wanted to let Diego Costa go necessarily, because you can't get Diego Costas on every street corner". It's a very tough league and he'll have to stand up to that.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.

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