Roma announce the capture of Nemanja Matic from Manchester United on a free transfer as Jose Mourinho signs the veteran Serbian midfielder for a THIRD time
- Roma have announced the signing of Man United midfielder Nemanja Matic
- The 33-year-old Serbian will reunite with boss Jose Mourinho for a third time
- Matic spent five years at Manchester United after joining from rivals Chelsea
Roma have announced the signing of midfielder Nemanja Matic after his departure from Manchester United.
The 33-year-old Serbia international, who revealed in April that he would be leaving Old Trafford at the end of the season, is reunited with former United boss Jose Mourinho for a third time.
Roma said in a statement on their official website: ‘The club is delighted to confirm the signing of Nemanja Matic.
‘Matic, 33, has put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract with the Giallorossi that runs until 30 June 2023.’
Matic, who spent five years at United after joining from Chelsea, added: ‘I am pleased and honoured to be joining this club and I cannot wait to start the new season with my team-mates.
‘Roma is a big club, with amazing fans and a coach, Jose Mourinho, who is well known to everyone – making the decision to come here very straightforward. I hope that by working together we are able to achieve some great things.’
Matic, who won two Premier League titles with Chelsea in 2015 and 2017 – the first under Mourinho – signed a new three-year deal with United in 2020, but the final year was optional.
He made over 100 Premier League appearances during his spell at Old Trafford after arriving from Chelsea for £40million in 2017, but started only 16 times last season.
The 33-year-old Serbian will reunite with former United boss Jose Mourinho for a third time
Chelsea first signed him from Kosice in 2009, but he moved on to Benfica after limited game time in 2011 before returning to Stamford Bridge for £21m in 2014.
Roma’s general manager Tiago Pinto added: ‘Nemanja brings with him to Roma not just a lot of quality on the pitch, but the vast experience he has gained from so many seasons in the Premier League and a focus and mentality that has consistently set him apart throughout his career.’
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