Nemanja Matic’s Chelsea future is in doubt after he was left out of the club’s recent kit launch.
First-team stars Eden Hazard, David Luiz, Pedro and Victor Moses were among the players modelling the shirt, but the Manchester Evening News believe Matic’s omission is a possible indication of his rumoured move to Manchester United.
Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly eager to be reunited with the Serbia international after the pair won the Premier League with Chelsea back in 2014-15 and Matic could be the perfect player to free up the likes of Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera at Old Trafford.
Nike have replaced Adidas as Chelsea’s new kit supplier and Matic failed to appear in any of the promotional pictures.
N’Golo Kante, Nathaniel Chalobah, Zurt Zouma, Willian and Gary Cahill also featured in the pre-season promos, as did Gorillaz character 2-D, as the Blues try to retain the Premier League crown they won last season.
Mourinho has previously said he would find it difficult to sign players from his nearest competitors.
He said: “Here, everyone is powerful now. The scenery has changed. If I want to buy a player from Tottenham, I can’t.
“Nor can I buy a player from Manchester City or Arsenal.
“That was not the case before. At Chelsea, I brought in Shaun Wright-Phillips, who was the best player at Manchester City or Ashley Cole from Arsenal. Sir Alex, when he wanted the best player from Tottenham, he bought Michael Carrick and then Berbatov.”
Matic has made over 150 appearances for Chelsea since rejoining the club in 2014, scoring seven goals and winning two Premier League titles and a League Cup.