Chelsea confident of tying midfielder Mateo Kovacic down to new contract

Mateo Kovacic has started all but one of Potter’s games at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea will be ‘confident’ of tying midfielder Mateo Kovacic down to a new contract over the coming months, according to journalist Simon Phillips.

The Croatia international has been in impressive form under new manager Graham Potter. His contract is set to expire in the summer of 2024.

A fresh report from the Evening Standard has claimed that the Blues have a ‘desire to start talks over a new contract’ after the conclusion of the upcoming World Cup.

It’s added that Kovacic would be open to discussing fresh terms with the capital club, having grown comfortable in west London off the field and has recently got married to his long-time partner with the pair welcoming their first child.

The 28-year-old has started all but one of Potter’s games at the Stamford Bridge helm, indicating where he features in the tactician’s thinking.

In an interview with GiveMeSport, Phillips said: “Kovacic, though, is currently unsure on his Chelsea future.

“I expect him to enter talks with Chelsea at least, but he will have a big decision to make as he ponders a potential new challenge elsewhere. He’s enjoying it at Chelsea, though, so the club will be confident of still getting something done.”

Kovacic joined Chelsea on a permanent deal from Real Madrid for £40 million back in 2019 after a successful season-long loan and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

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