Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is not fazed by the arrival of N’Golo Kante and is relishing the challenge of competing against a “great player” for a spot in Antonio Conte’s side.
Kante, who signed from Premier League champions Leicester City for £30m, is expected to claim a starting spot in a Chelsea side that is likely to line up as a 4-2-4 this upcoming season, but Matic is not worried about the competition he faces.
“I am sure that 100,000 players want to come to play for Chelsea so there is always competition, all life is a fight so every player is ready for that,” Matic told Goal.
“Yes, [it is great to have him] he is a good player and I am sure that he will bring a lot of qualities to our team and all good players are welcome to our team.
“He is a great player and it was difficult play against him [last season] and I am very happy because he is coming to Chelsea.”
Along with Kante, the Blues have also added Michy Batshuayi to their squad after the Belgium forward signed from Marseille for £33m, and Matic is tipping his new team-mate for success.
“He has quality of course and he is welcome because he is a great player,” said Matic.
“I hope that he is going to bring quality to our team, they are going to improve with us and that’s it.
“Yes, he is a good striker and that’s why Chelsea bought him and I am sure he will bring quality to our team and I am sure he will score a lot of goals.”