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Wednesday 15 January 2014

Transfer round-up: Matic returns to Chelsea

Blues sign Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic; Nikica Jelavic joins Hull from Everton

Nemanja Matic joins Chelsea from Benfica, after leaving the Blues in 2011

Chelsea have signed Serbia international Nemanja Matic from Portuguese club Benfica.

The 25-year-old midfielder returns to Chelsea after leaving in January 2011.

Matic, who made two Barclays Premier League appearances for the Blues in his first spell at the club, has been a key player for Benfica over the past two seasons.

He helped Benfica reach the UEFA Europa League final last season, which they lost to Chelsea.

Hull City have signed Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic on a three-and-a-half-year-deal from Everton.

Jelavic leaves the Toffees after two years at Goodison Park, where he scored 16 goals in 59 Barclays Premier League appearances.

Key Points

  • Chelsea sign Nemanja Matic from Benfica
  • The 25-year-old midfielder returns after leaving the Blues in 2011
  • Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic joins Hull from Everton