Chelsea recently announced the signing of Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a five year deal.
Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia said she was delighted with the deal and explained why the Blues needed to get it done.
“Mateo proved what an accomplished player he is during his season on loan with us and we are delighted to welcome him to the club on a permanent basis,” Granovskaia said. “He already possesses extensive experience at club and international level and we are sure he will be a big success with Chelsea over the next five years.”
As for the player himself, Kovacic felt really happy to have made the switch. “I really enjoyed my season on loan with Chelsea, I feel comfortable at the club and like London and the Premier League very much,” Kovacic said. “I am very happy to be able to join permanently. We had a successful year, winning the Europa League and I hope I can make a big contribution in the coming seasons.”
Kovacic joined the club last season on loan and played over 50 games. He was registered in the Blues roster last season, allowing Chelsea to complete his move despite a transfer ban.