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Manchester United the ‘pinnacle’ of my career, says star

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says he is at the pinnacle of his career by playing for the Red Devils, and explained how him and his family have already settled in Manchester.

The 29-year-old signed for United from rivals Chelsea in the summer for around £40m, much to the surprise of everyone. He spent three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge and won two Premier League titles, clearly enough of an influence for Jose Mourinho to want to re-sign the Serb.

Matic has revealed how easily he has settled into life in Manchester with his family, and also how his six-year-old son has a place reserved for him in United’s academy.

“The fact that I’m playing for United is the pinnacle of my career and of everything I’ve achieved in football,” Matic told Air Serbia’s in-flight magazine Elevate.

“I really like it in Manchester, and the family has got used to the city.”

“London is bigger than Manchester, but I needed very little to make me happy in my new environment – just to be together with my wife Aleksandra, my six-year-old son Filip and three-year-old daughter Tea. The children have a good school in Manchester, and I’m particularly glad that my son started football training. He has a place reserved in United’s junior ranks.”

Matic also admitted fellow countryman Nemanja Vidic is an inspiration for him to succeed at United.
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“Vidic is spoken about with great respect in Manchester,” Matic continued.

“He was a fantastic player, one of those I looked up to. When I debuted for Serbia, he was one of the captains; he was a real leader, one of the greats.”

“Nemanja left an indelible mark at United. Just imagine how hard it is to be a foreigner and the captain of a team like the one at this famous English club. I will do my best to repeat the success that Vidic had, and I know that it will be very tough. I do not want them to ask me someday ‘what are you even doing here?!'”

“I’m privileged to be following in his footsteps, and if I’m even half as respected among the fans as Nemanja I will be overjoyed. I am also honoured to be using the same dressing room where he spent the golden years of his fantastic career.”