Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott says Chelsea should be praised for the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United.

Lescott says Antonio Conte and co should be applauded for their actions.

The former Manchester City ace told Sky Sports: “I know it’s going to sound strange me saying this, but I think Chelsea do deserve some credit.

“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.

“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.

“But on a whole, what he brought to the team and the squad, it’s going to be hard to replace.”