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Frank Lampard 'surprised' by Nemanja Matic sale to Man United

Frank Lampard 'surprised' by Nemanja Matic sale to Man United”

Frank Lampard has revealed that he was "surprised" by Chelsea's decision to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United and added that Tiemoue Bakayoko now has a "responsibility" to show that he can match the Serb's unheralded contribution at the heart of the Blues midfield.

The Serbian midfielder completed a controversial switch to Old Trafford from the Blues last week as Jose Mourinho moved to bolster his midfield options ahead of the new season.

Reports from the Metro suggest that Chelsea are now seriously considering a move for Everton star - Ross Barkley, who is also a primary target for Tottenham Hotspur and is currently valued at £25 million.

And Matic has outlined the Premier League title as his main aim with Manchester United this season. Lampard does not believe the situation will make the Frenchman's adaptation to the Premier League harder, but he conceded that the challenge facing the 22-year-old is a significant one. He's signed [Alvaro] Morata, [Antonio] Rudiger and [Tiemoue] Bakayoko and if those three hit the ground running the first 11 will be stronger - but the squad is weaker.

Sean Dyche's team won just once on the road, owing their Premier League survival to their home form.

Chelsea will need to put last weekend's Community Shield defeat behind them as their Premier League title defence begins on Saturday. The Chelsea legend believes that this is where Chelsea fall short of their competitors.

Antonio Conte has decided Diego Costa doesn't feature in his plans, while John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake have left on a permanent basis and several others have gone out on loan.

Chelsea was beaten to the signature of striker Romelu Lukaku by United, while Conte has also acknowledged that he tried to sign right back Kyle Walker, who ended up leaving Tottenham to join Manchester City.

It gave Matic encouragement the gap between the two teams is not that big.

"There can be no excuses now, this is his second season and he has to produce it now". Since then, a public admission of his intentions to leave, as well as an unforeseen injury have contributed towards halving his asking price.

He said: "It is making it harder than ever because when managers are in trouble they turn to experience". As a Chelsea fan you're always going to want more: 'Can we buy the best players?

Sam Vokes, who is set to lead the line in Gray's absence, has recovered from a minor ankle knock.

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