The player joined the Blues during the summer transfer window
Chelsea have 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.
He has been frustrated with the lack of regular football but it was believed that he would benefit when Zinedine Zidane decided to leave. But he still decided to leave in order to revive his career.
Though Kovacic didn’t feature in the opener against Huddersfield last weekend as Blues won the game 3-0. But Maurizio Sarri has hinted that he could feature against Arsenal this weekend and also revealed the what is position is likely to be for the club this season.
Te 59 year old said as quoted by londonfootballnews: “I expect a lot from him because for me he is a very great player and in my opinion he can improve more.
“I think he can play in the three midfielders; centre-right or centre-left is the same for him.
“He is a very good offensive player but he has improved in the defensive phase in the last two years in Madrid.”
“I think Mateo will be very useful for us. He is a very good player,” Sarri said.
“At this moment he has to work. I think he is not ready now for 90 minutes. But maybe tomorrow for the last 30 or 40 minutes he can be used.”