Defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic has signed a new contract with Manchester United which will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2023, the team announced on Monday. Matic, who returned to Chelsea for his second stint at the club in January in 2014, joined Manchester United in 2017 and reunited with coach Jose Mourinho, who was sacked by the team from Stamford Bridge in 2015.
Mourinho, who was hired by Manchester United in 2016, wanted to bring Matic to Old Trafford shortly after he was hired and the Serbian international has spent three years with the club and he is set to spend at least three more years with the club.
Unfortunately for Matic, he hasn't yet won a Premier League with Manchester United but he is certainly aiming to achieve that goal as he has noted that he has "unfinished business" at the club. "As a player, I still have a lot more to give and achieve in my career and to do that with Manchester United will be a huge honour," Matic said, as revealed in a statement posted on the team's website.
"This is a really exciting team to be part of, we have a good balance of youth and experience within the squad and there is great comradery amongst the group. “This is a key part of the season and we are playing well.
We will continue to fight to finish the season on a high and make our amazing supporters proud”.
Coach excited to have Matic going forward
Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for Matic as he hopes the 31-year-old Serbian will continue to perform well at Old Trafford and help the record 20-time Premier League champion achieve more success.
"I am delighted that Nemanja has signed a new contract, I know his experience, professionalism and leadership will be invaluable to this young talented group," Solskjaer said. “We have great strength in midfield and Nemanja’s attributes are a key part of that.
Nemanja has been here for three seasons now and really understands the values of playing for Manchester United. “He remains hugely ambitious and determined which will be vital as we look to achieve our aims over the coming years”.
Manchester United, who thrashed Bournemouth 5-2 this past Saturday, currently sit at fifth place on the Premier League table with 55 points collected in 33 games played.