Much has changed in the three years that he's been gone. The side has gotten younger, less experienced, and at least in the center of midfield, a bit thin. Yet Matic knows that nothing is guaranteed and that he'll have to work hard to stay a regular like at Benfica:
"Yes. I've played regularly in a big club at Benfica, where it is not easy and there is a lot of pressure. In those years I learned to be a winner and play under that pressure. I developed tactically in Portugal also, training very hard and I believe I am better physically also."
Sounds good. We've got a squad of motivated, hard workers, so Nemanja should fit in quite nicely there. I'm sure it helps that he's got a friend here already - "I speak with Branislav Ivanovic, my friend and international team-mate a lot, a few times each month, so I know everything about the club!" - and of course that he gets to work with the world's best manager:
"[Mourinho] said to be professional, to give my best for the team. It's exciting to work with him, he is the best coach in the world and I want to work with him for a long time. I am ready."
Ready... set... trophies!
"I want to play and help the team to win the Premier League, and if it's possible to play in and win the Champions League in the future. I want to win titles here."
Well, you've certainly come to the right place for that!
"I am very happy for this opportunity to be back at this club. I feel very good because of that and just want to say I will give my best to help the team and make the Chelsea fans happy."
And if you still can't quite believe that we've actually spent proper moneys on a proper midfielder, here's a short Instagram video. Yey!