Nemanja Matic has completed his surprise departure from Roma after just one season with the club.
In one of the more unexpected developments of recent memory regarding Roma transfers, Matic has been the subject of interest from Rennes this summer and has been pushing for the move, despite standing out as one of Jose Mourinho’s most trusted players again in his debut Serie A season.
Now, Matic’s move to Rennes has been announced, bringing an end to his Roma career after 50 appearances and two goals, even though he should have been under contract for another year.
Personal reasons have been claimed to be behind the move, although the sudden turn of events so close to the start of the new season is still taking some getting used to.
Matic was arguably the only reliable defensive midfielder Roma have had since the departure of Daniele De Rossi in 2019. Even at the age of 35, he was a key player to build around for the upcoming campaign, but now a new answer will be required in holding midfield.
According to reports, Roma have agreed deals for Leandro Paredes and Renato Sanches from Paris Saint-Germain to replenish their midfield.
Particularly towards the end of last season and on Roma’s run to the Europa League final, Matic came into his own, making the most of his physical presence and calm persona. However, his third link-up with Mourinho after their previous spells at Chelsea and Manchester United is now over.