Antonio Conte this week vowed that Serbia midfielder Matic was not for sale – and that he intended to turn the 27-year-old into one of the best in the world.
They were welcome words for Matic, who fell out of favour badly with previous manger Jose Mourinho, and interim boss Guus Hiddink last season, as his form and confidence dipped.
On one occasion he even suffered the ultimate humiliation for a footballer of being substituted after coming on as a substitute.
It seemed certain the rangy, box to box midfielder would be one of those moved on this summer as Conte rebuilt his Chelsea team – but the Italian has pledged that he does not want to sell Matic.
Italian giants Juventus have already made enquiries about the former Benfica man, who they see as a perfect replacement for Paul Pogba, who is about to join Manchester United.
And Matic admitted Conte’s words were good to hear.
He said: “What he said gave me a special feeling. Like every player here, I have a good relationship with the manager. I respect what he said about me and of course I liked what I heard.
“It was important for me to know that I am a big part of his plans. I have been at the club for two and a half years and have always given my best every day. While I’m here, I will continue to give everything.
“Last year was a strange year for all of us. Of course I was not happy that we were 10th in the table, but there were many things that made it hard for me I can’t speak about.
“Conte played football at a very high level and it helps him to know things, to understand us. We have worked together for two weeks and I can already see that he is a great manager.
“I’m sure this team will improve under him.”
Matic though did admit that it will be difficult not playing Champions League football next season: “It will be very hard not to play in the Champions League this season. I don’t think I will be able to watch it.”