Chelsea yet to start contract talks over a possible extension for Mateo Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic and Chelsea have not yet begun talks about a new deal

Kovacic joined Chelsea in 2018 on an initial loan agreement that was later converted to a permanent contract in 2019. Kovacic has just over a year remaining on his current contract and has not signed a new one.

Although there have been numerous rumours that he will remain at Stamford Bridge longer, no formal negotiations have started as of yet. Chelsea is anticipated to look for additional reinforcements in the centre of the field next summer despite having already signed Enzo Fernandez for a club record fee during the most recent transfer window.

Romeo Lavia of Southampton and Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund are still on the Blues’ sights, and Declan Rice of West Ham United might be planning a move back to west London. After parting ways with Jorginho in January, Chelsea may allow the sale of another senior midfielder to make room for potential new additions and produce revenue to settle their accounts.

With Pep Guardiola apparently still interested in the former Real Madrid player, whom he courted while at Santiago Bernabeu, Kovacic has been linked with a move to Premier League champions Manchester City. Despite the ambiguity regarding his future, Kovacic continues to be a key player in Graham Potter’s first-team plans when healthy. This season, he has made 27 appearances in all competitions.

N’Golo Kante, who has been out since the middle of August with an injury, is now fully recovered, so Kovacic might play a smaller part in the remaining games of the season. When Croatia plays Wales on Saturday, the 28-year-old is presently focused on assisting his nation to secure a winning start to their European Championship qualification campaign.

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