After the Serbian international’s impressive display against West Ham last weekend, many have claimed it must have been Roman Abramovich who was behind the sale.
But Ince has no doubt in his mind that it was Conte who sanctioned the £40m sale of Matic.
He told Paddy Power: “There’s talk of Conte’s relationship with Abramovich and the sale of Nemanja Matic.
“I can’t help but think that if you’re the manager who has just won the Premier League in your first season in England, who’s now in the Champions League, the decision of whether or not to keep Matic came from Conte and no one else.
“I think people just like to say Abramovich was involved to make an exciting story.
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“Who Conte buys and sells comes from him and no one else”
“You’ve got Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher saying he didn’t want to sell Matic – well I’m fairly sure he mustn’t have had a huge issue with him going, or he’d still be at the club.
“So now you’re in a situation where everyone is asking how he could sell Matic to a rival like Man Utd, but at the end of the day that was his decision and he clearly thought that it would be okay.
“Who Conte buys and sells comes from him and no one else. I refuse to buy anything else.
“If you buy the players and you’re successful, you keep your job. If you turn up at Stamford Bridge and you’re no good, you lose your job. That’s what happens at Chelsea.”
United return to Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to Swansea.
Chelsea take on Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday as they look to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat to Burnley.