Nemanja Matic has said he does not care if he is booed by Chelsea fans when he returns to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United on Sunday.
“When I played there I always gave 100 percent and we won two titles together. I’m sure they respect that, but if not I don’t really care,” Matic told a news conference.
“I spent a good time there, three-and-a-half years, which is a long time, and of course it’s going to be something special for me to play again in that stadium.
“But now I’m on the opposite side, I have to be professional and do the best for my team. I don’t have to prove to them anything. I just have to prove something to my new club.”
Matic said knowing how much Mourinho had wanted him brought a “big responsibility” but declined the comment on Chelsea’s transfer strategy.
“I cannot say,” he said. “The only thing I can say is that I am happy to be part of this club. I’m happy to be working with Mourinho. That’s all I can say.”
Matic added: “It’s always important to win, especially when you’re going to play big games like Sunday, so we want to take all the points.
“But we know we must respect them — they are a good team, they’re champions, and it’s going to be a hard game for us, but we also have our own qualities.
“It’s going to be a big game, it’s difficult to say what’s going to happen before it, but we will try to do our best and take points.”
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