Mateo Kovacic Opens Up On His Chelsea Journey

The midfielder made his first appearance against Arsenal on Saturday

Chelsea completed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a season long loan earlier this month. He came as a part of a deal which see Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois going the other way.

The Croatia International joined the Spanish side from Inter Milan for a reported fee €35 million in 2015. He established himself as one of the most promising in Serie A before moving to Spain.

He tasted lots of success as he won three consecutive Champions League and one La Liga title with the European giants.

But since joining them, the Croatian has struggled to lock down a starting role at the Santiago Bernabeu. He has failed to oust countryman Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casimero and often been reduced to the bench.

The 24 year old just managed to make start 37 La Liga games in the last three year and appeared 32 times in all competitions last season.

Though the midfielder didn’t feature in the opener against Huddersfield last weekend as Blues won the game 3-0. But came on as a substitute against Arsenal on Saturday as they won the game 3-2.

Kovacic has hinted that he wants to secure a permanent deal at Stamford Bridge and even issued vows to fans after an impressive debut.

“First of all I’m happy about the win and that’s the most important thing,” he said as quoted by Daily Star.

“It’s good that the team is playing well so it’s easy to adapt but I’m still out of rhythm since I’ve just joined the squad, but I’m working well and I’m improving and that’s what matters.

“It was important that after three years of inconsistency in playing time in Madrid I’ve got into a team that wants me and a coach that wants and trust me. That’s how Chelsea happened.

“That’s what I really need now, as I said earlier I’m feeling really good and I want to keep it that way.”

“Well, the tempo is higher, there is more space, but as I said it’s not hard to adapt when you are surrounded by great players,” He added.

“I would thank to all fans that support me and I will make sure I payback on the pitch.”

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