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Conte regrets letting Matic join Man United

Matic won the Premier League with Chelsea. Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits it is "unfortunate" that Nemanja Matic is now a Manchester United player.

Midfielder Matic played a key role in the Blues' Premier League title success last season before being allowed to complete a £40million summer move to rivals United.

"About this player I can talk only really well because he played with us last season," said Conte.

"I think he was one of the key players in winning the title. Now Matic, unfortunately, is playing for Manchester United. I wish for him the best.

"Not on Sunday, but in the future."

Matic was a regular for Chelsea last year, making 35 league appearances and also helping the London club to the FA Cup final.

Conte said last summer that selling the player was a "big loss" for the champions.

Asked why Matic was allowed to join a potential title rival, his former manager replied: "In the past we have already managed this topic.

"I don't want to come back and speak about the past because I think it's not important, not interesting for us."


Mata continues to support VAR despite 'goal' being ruled out

Mata had a goal ruled out by VAR as it deemed him offside. Credit: PA

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata continues to support the use of technology in football despite the Video Assistant Referee system controversially ruling out his 'goal' at Huddersfield on Saturday.

Match referee Kevin Young had awarded a goal until the VAR's lengthy intervention, with TV images of Mata's positioning amid wonky lines. The decision did not prove crucial, with the visitors going on to win 2-0 at the John Smith's Stadium in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and it has not put the Spain international off the system.

Writing in his blog, he said: "The truth is, once you have celebrated the goal you are surprised and disappointed (as you could see on my face), but this time, luckily, that goal was not needed to win.

"As I said in a few interviews after the game, even if this time it didn't play in our favour, I think in the future the VAR will be helpful for the referees, who always have a difficult job, and eventually it will bring more justice to football."

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