Chelsea boss Antonio Conte denies he pushed Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic out of the club.
Conte concedes Matic’s departure is a “great loss”.
“Matic knows very well what I think about him,” Conte told Sky Sports at the Premier League launch on Wednesday.
“The importance for me about this player because, I repeat, he’s a really good and strong player – and important for our team.
“Sometimes you must accept this crazy transfer market and sometimes you must accept different decisions.
“But I repeat for sure he is a great loss.”