Speculation Restarts as Chelsea Midfielder Nemanja Matic Spotted in Milan With His Agent

Published on: 10 October 2016

Chelsea holding midfielder, Nemanja Matichas been photographed in Milan with his agent during the international break, sparking speculation he could leave the club for Italy at some point in the future.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has posted a photo on his website of Matic, alongside his agent Giuseppe Roso, in a shop in Milan.

#Chelsea, giornata milanese per Nemanja Matic dopo quella tentazione Juve d'estate: la foto https://t.co/ibJewgPIyn

Italian giants Juventus were the front-runners to land the Serbian in the summer -one of many Chelsea players who vastly underperformed last season -and Di Marzio's photo is only likely to reignite that speculation.

The 28-year-old has started every Premier League game of Chelsea's campaign under new boss Antonio Conte, often forming a midfield duo, with summer arrival N'Golo Kante, which is robust and physical, yet lacking in creativity.

With the more creative Cesc Fabregas and highly talented youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek itching for an opportunity at Stamford Bridge, Conte may be tempted to sell Matic, who has continued to disappoint Chelsea fans with his performances this season.

Either way, the Blues faithful are unlikely to be impressed by Matic's decision to court attention during the international break, instead of staying at Chelsea to work towards improving his form.

Matic threatened that if the situation doesn't improve with 🇷🇸, he'll retire from the national team. Luckily, the team is doing great so far

The Serbian was not named in his country's squad to face Moldova and Austria, as his international exile continues having hit out at his team-mates about a lack of professionalism and commitment in November 2015.

Matic threatened to quit international football unless then head coach Radovan Curcic moved to improve the situation.However, despite 63-year-old Slavoljub Muslin being brought in to replace Curcic, Matic has still found himself frozen out on the international stage, with his strong words clearly counting against him.

A slice of humble pie might be required for Matic to re-enter the fray, unless he wants to use future international breaks to engineer a move away from Stamford Bridge, of course.