Nemanja Matic has admitted that he tried to make Jose Mourinho “angry” by keeping Serbia in the World Cup.
Serbia fell at the first hurdle of the World Cup in Russia, finishing third in their group below Brazil and Switzerland.
They still had a chance of qualifying heading into the final game against Brazil, but could not topple the pre-tournament favorites.
Mourinho will be delighted, the former Manchester United manager having implored his midfielder to go “on holiday” this summer.
“I saw that Mourinho said that he wanted me to go home early,” he said.
“I tried to make him angry! I tried to get Serbia to the group stages, but unfortunately, we are out of the World Cup.
“Of course, he wants his players to be fresh for a good pre-season because, as you know, English football is very hard. We have a long championship, we have the Champions League, we have two cup competitions so I understand it, but I gave everything to get us through the group stage.”