Nemanja Matić is best remembered in England as being a virtually anonymous Chelsea midfielder who was quickly moved out on loan to Vitesse and then sold to Benfica as part of the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge.
But since moving to Portugal, Matić has become remarkably influential in midfield, showing great tactical flexibility and poise on the ball.
Chelsea Transfer: David Luiz wanted by Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Barcelona have been searching for a center back for a while now, with very little success. The names that have been on the table over the past few years include high profile names like Thiago Silva, Mats Hummels, Jan Vertonghen.
Chelsea's David Luiz unhappy with Mourinho, asked for transfer in January reports Spanish press - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The situation of Chelsea defender David Luiz is getting interesting day by day. Spanish giants Barcelona are heavily interested in signing the Brazilian, if the reports are to be believed, while Luiz himself may look for a move elsewhere, as he is not getting regular game time under Jose Mourinho.
Barcelona Eye January Move for Chelsea's David Luiz reports Spanish press - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports from Madrid based newspaper, AS, Barcelona will be paying attentions to see whether Chelsea are willing to sell Brazilian defender David Luiz or not in the January transfer window.
After a successful outing in Miami, Florida against Honduras where they won 5-0, the Brazilian national team is now on their way to Toronto to take on Chile in their second friendly of this international break.
The current Confederations Cup Champions enjoyed a match filled with goals on Saturday evening, but it didn't come easy.
Brazil put on a clinic at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday night, defeating Honduras 5-0 in front of a massive crowd of over 70,000. Goals from Bernand, Dante, Maicon, Willian, and Hulk provided the entertainment throughout the night, as the Brazilians showed why they are one of the world's best teams.
According to reports in Portugal, Jose Mourinho is about to sell three of our first team squad to fund a big spending spree in January. It's believed Mourinho wants TWO strikers and a centre half as he looks to put his stamp on the current squad.
Expect to read plenty of speculation in the coming weeks and Chelsea being linked with all sorts of players.
Chelsea star David Luiz wasn't shy when it came to posting a special photo he had taken last night to his Instagram account today. The Brazilian international was another one of the many footballers who visited the O2 Arena this week to take in some of the world's best tennis.
Luiz went to watch Novak Djokovic play and even exchanged some product before the pair took a special photo with one another.
Chelsea have seen a large amount of young players come and go in the ten years that had uneventful careers in the ranks for the Blues but have gone on to be major successes.
One of those youngsters is Nemanja Matic. The now 25-year-old had two years in London where he made two senior appearances for the club and spent the 2010-11 season on loan to Dutch side Vitesse before being sold to Benfica as part of the package that took defender David Luiz to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea and David Luiz host West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge tomorrow as they look to close the gap to just two points at the top of the table before Arsenal travel to Manchester United on Sunday.
Ahead of the Blues' Premier League matchup, Brazilian defender David Luiz posted an incredibly cute photo of himself as a baby with the following caption: Haha Good night,I'm so tired!
Chelsea beat Schalke 3-0 on Match Day four to take control of their Champions League group after a difficult opening fifteen minutes. If anything, the game demonstrates the fine line between victory and defeat in Europe's elite competition.
Let's be totally honest here, Chelsea could have been at least two goals down after Schalke started the game much better than Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side having made six changes from the team that started against Newcastle last Saturday.
Chelsea's performance against Newcastle at the weekend was not acceptable and if rumours are to be believed some big names will be dropped for Schalke as a result!
According to the Press this morning, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and David Luiz, Juan Mata are all set to be dropped as Jose Mourinho rings the changes with Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand, Mikel, Andre Schurrle and Gary Cahill all coming back into the side to face the Germans tomorrow.
Chelsea defender David Luiz will be the scapegoat for his side's defeat to Newcastle, the Daily Star reports. The Brazilian is set to be dropped from tomorrow's Champions League clash with Schalke reportedly after senior team-mates complained about his lax approach. Luiz was criticised by TV pundits for pulling out of an important challenge [.
Chelsea booked their place into the next round of the Capital One Cup at the Emirates over Arsenal during midweek. After midweek the Blues now have back to back victories over Manchester City and the Gunners and their current form looks to only be getting better.
Fernando Torres, Oscar, Andre Schurrle and the rest of the first team that defeated the Citizens are likely to all return to the starting eleven.
Chelsea have had a fantastic week. A massive win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge followed by a fantastic performance and victory over Arsenal with our supposed "B team" and it has given Jose Mourinho a real selection headache!
Jose revealed today that he has no new injury concerns ahead of the game with Marko Van Ginkel as our only long term casualty in our season so far.
Chelsea take on Schalke at the Veltins Arena in Germany tomorrow, and some of the Blues' biggest players have been busy updating their fans about their trip. The Blues traveled to Germany today to prepare for tomorrow's Champions League match and the likes of Juan Mata, David Luiz, and Ramires all posted to Instagram to give a behind-the-scenes look at the trip as it unfolds.
Chelsea's first team now includes four Brazilians in Ramires, Oscar, David Luiz, and Willian, and it should be no surprise that the Blue's Samba Boys enjoy spending time with one another off the pitch. New to Chelsea and London, the Blues' most recent Brazilian addition, Willian, is continuing to settle in England.
Chelsea finally beat Cardiff 4-1 at Stamford Bridge yesterday with two goals from Eden Hazard (2), Samuel Eto'o scoring his first goal and a great strike from Oscar after going a goal behind after a blunder from David Luiz allowed Mutch to flick the ball past Petr Cech to make it 0-1 early on.
Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall gifted a goal to Chelsea today at Stamford Bridge after he bounced the ball in his penalty area but the ball hit Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o. The Cameroon striker then teamed up with Eden Hazard for the Belgian to score the goal to equalize.
Should the referee have blown his whistle because Eto'o knocked the ball out of Marshall's hands?
Self-styled geezers David Luiz and Oscar have returned to London after their long-haul trip to China with Brazil to face Zambia. Luiz posted a picture of the Chelsea pair landing in the UK. He joked: "China's not too far is it, Oscar Emboaba? Hahahah." He added: "Just landed in London! #tired #cansado #feliz #happy #geezers.
Sit back and enjoy this fine video of Chelsea and England's Gary Cahill put together by Feroze 17 on YouTube. With the coverage David Luiz has received in the last 24 hours, it's leaves a few of us wondering what Cahill has to do to be given another chance by Mourinho!
For now, sit back and enjoy Gary Cahill - The Last Ditch.
Nike's whipped up a nice little promo for the World Cup in Brazil featuring the hosts and it's done without green screen. Swear. Highlights include a Ronaldo cameo, little David Luiz, animated David Luiz, and a Lilliputian Bernard. Neymar's there too, but it kind of just looks like someone filmed him casually messing around on the beach.
That's the message ahead of the summer. "Ouse Ser Brasileiro", because nobody plays like the 5-time World Cup winners. Whether it's evading 20 foot tall Uruguayans (or Argentines?) with a fake rabona or making a goal line clearance by turning into an anime character, Nike went two-footed into the surreal.
See the Brazil squad in full here See Brazil's new crop of talented youngsters here
Brazil take on Honduras in Miami later this evening. Brazil are ranked 11th in the Fifa World Ranking. Honduras are 34th. Brazil (probable): Victor, Maicon, David Luiz, Dante, Maxwell, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar, Bernard, Neymar, Jô.
Chelsea star Willian looked more than pleased to be taking a picture with Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Los Angeles Galaxy legend David Beckham in Miami on Tuesday evening.
The Brazilian National Team is currently in Miami for a friendly against Honduras on Saturday evening at Sun Life Stadium, but the current Confederations Cup Champions were sure to get a bit of time off on Tuesday evening to take in some NBA action.
Without question, one of the most naturally gifted and talented young footballers in the game, David Luiz's game is like Marmite! You either love the way he plays the game or loathe it and I am interested in reading the opinion of as many Chelsea fans as possible on this..
All of us would have seen the latest 'Luiz moment' in our defeat of Cardiff at Stamford Bridge.