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Football: Midfielder Matic returns to Chelsea

Published on Jan 16, 2014 7:11 AM
 
Midfielder Nemanja Matic gestures to the Benfica fans at the end of the Portuguese league football match SL Benfica vs FC Porto at Luz stadium on Jan 12, 2014. Chelsea re-signed Matic on a five-and-a-half-year contract from Portuguese giants Benfica on Wednesday, the two clubs announced. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea re-signed Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic on a five-and-a-half-year contract from Portuguese giants Benfica on Wednesday, the two clubs announced.

In a statement to the Lisbon stock exchange, Benfica said that they will receive 25 million euros (S$43 million) for the sale of Matic, who is now set for his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

After arriving from MSK Kosice in 2009, he made three substitute appearances in the 2009/10 season and left in January 2011 as part of the deal which brought David Luiz from Benfica to west London.

"I am very happy for this opportunity to be back at this club," the 25-year-old Matic told Chelsea's website on Wednesday.

 
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