Sometimes you must accept different decisions. "But he is a great loss for us".
"Matic was very important and sometimes you could look past him at other players like [N'Golo] Kante, Hazard, who catch the eye, but he played a very positionally disciplined role for Chelsea with the way they go forward".
And in doing so he brought an end to a successful spell in west London, during which he won two Premier League titles and the League Cup.
The champions have so far signed the likes of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, but Conte has insisted Chelsea still to strengthen before the transfer window closes on August 31.
"I heard whispers at the back end of last season that he wanted to go and even if the club can not come out and say too much about that, maybe there was an element of that in play here when this deal went through".
"This league is not easy".
"As you know, he missed a very good chance but this can happen - it's football".
"I think if he keeps improving, he is going to be a serious signing". The transfer market is not finished.
Conte added that he was optimistic Morata, who Chelsea signed for a club record £70m, has a bright future ahead of him at Stamford Bridge. We want to be competitive and we want to fight for the title again. As you know the Premier League is the main target.
"He is a player with great experience, many years at the highest level and good experience, good stability".
But Mourinho was nevertheless impressed with his former Chelsea charge: "I think he played really well, I think in the moment they were moving the ball well of course was hard for us in the midfield".
"He had a good fight against two good central defender and I am happy with this period and how he fits into - I am never exhausted to repeat - an incredible group".
"We used the pre-season to work since day one, to work and to try to improve things that we already do".
"Will he start this weekend?" My idea was to give Bakayoko the right time to adapt in this league behind Matic.