Chelsea have cancelled a meeting with Nemanja Matic’s representatives. Italian outlet Gianluca di Marzio claims Matic wants to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
He is believed to be a fresh challenge elsewhere, but Blues boss Antonio Conte wants to keep him.
According to the Italian reports, Chelsea top brass were expected to meet with Matic’s entourage to discuss his future.
Matic and co wanted the meeting in order to thrash out where he stands amid reported interested from Serie A giants Juventus. But the club have decided to postpone the talks until a later date.
Juventus have been linked with a swoop for the Serbian enforcer following Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United.
Matic faces a battle for a first-team spot at Chelsea after the club splashed out £32m on fellow midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Last week the Serbian revealed that he was delighted to feel wanted by Antonio Conte and hinted he was happy to stay at Stamford Bridge.
But the Matic, who rejoined from Benfica for £25million in January 2014, has not ruled out a move.
The midfielder has featured regularly under Conte in pre-season and it will take a huge offer for the club to consider selling.
In Chelsea’s pre-season matches, Eden Hazard again looked lively, and with two defensive midfielders happy to sit back, he becomes less responsible for covering defensively.
Matic himself got further forward as a result, whilst still slotting in alongside new signing Kante when required. After Kante’s introduction, Matic found himself harrying and chasing down opposition players higher up the pitch – adding another facet to Chelsea’s defensive unit.
Earlier, Tuttomercatoweb reported if Napoli’s Marco Parolo completes a move to Chelsea, it would be Nemanja Matic who would see himself at risk of losing his starting role.