Nemanja Matic says he’s ‘very happy’ at Manchester United and not thinking about leaving but would strongly consider a return to Benfica should his former club come calling down the line.
The 32-year-old is currently in his fourth year with United since arriving from Chelsea and has established himself as a valuable member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dressing room with his experience and leadership skills.
Last summer, Matic committed his future to the Red Devils by putting pen to paper on a new three-year contract which sees the defensive midfielder through to 2023.
And while Matic remains fully focussed on the present, it’s clear a move to Benfica – who he played for from 2011 to 2014 – is an attractive prospect for the Serbia international as he approaches the twilight years of his playing career.
‘I still don’t think about finishing my career. Let’s see,’ he told Portuguese outlet Sport TV when asked about a possible return to Lisbon.
‘For me, Benfica was always in the heart. Let’s see what the future will bring.
‘If Benfica ever thinks it needs me again, let’s think about it, but now I’m very happy at Manchester United and I don’t think about leaving.
‘However, in football you never know. If one day I return to Portugal, the only team I wanted to play for in Portugal is Benfica.’
Matic, who speaks Portuguese, was a popular figure in his three years at Benfica and was a key part of Jorge Jesus’ side that won the Primeira Liga in 2013/2014.
The following summer he rejoined Chelsea for a fee of £21million and helped the club win two Premier League titles and the FA Cup.
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