Man Utd: Behind-the-scenes at Europa League final training
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Roma have reportedly vetoed Nemanja Matic’s reunion with former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho this summer. Matic is one of Mourinho’s former players who has been linked with a move to Roma, but the Italian club’s hierarchy are not keen on the midfielder.
The Serbian international has been a fringe player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season, but has still made 36 appearances across all competitions.
Behind Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay in the pecking order, Matic has generally found himself limited to a substitute role in 2020/21.
However, the 32-year-old still has two years left on the three-year contract he signed last summer and will be a part of the squad taking on Villarreal in Wednesday’s Europa League final.
Matic played under Mourinho at both Chelsea and United and his connection to the Portuguese meant he has cropped up in transfer reports since the former Spurs manager’s move to Roma was confirmed.
Gazzetta dello Sport reported the ‘special relationship’ between them meant Matic would ‘gladly follow’ his former manager to the Italian capital.
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Meanwhile, Corriere dello Sport said Roma would have to stump up around £8.6m (€10m) to sign the experienced midfielder this summer, with Solskjaer happy to sanction the move.
However, that potential reunion has reportedly hit the rocks, with TuttoMercatoWeb claiming that Roma have deemed that his £6m (€7m) net salary demands are ‘too high’.
It seems therefore that Matic will be staying put in Manchester this summer, with his age and wage demands likely to provide a barrier to any transfer.
While he is unlikely to command a regular starting berth in Solskjaer’s side next season, Matic’s experience could be a useful asset to the side.
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He is one of few players in the squad, alongside David de Gea, to have won the Premier League – a trophy that United will surely be targeting in 2021/22 after finishing 12 points behind Manchester City this season.
Matic may not be joining Roma this summer, but he has previously stated his interest in rejoining Benfica, who he played for between 2011 and 2014.
“I still don’t think about finishing my career. Let’s see. For me, Benfica was always in the heart. Let’s see what the future will bring,” he said in March.
“If Benfica ever thinks it needs me again, let’s think about it, but now I’m very happy at Man. United, I don’t think about leaving, but in football you never know.
“If one day I return to Portugal, the only team I wanted to play for in Portugal was Benfica.”
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