Chelsea have confirmed signing Mateo Kovacic permanently from Spanish giant, Real Madrid. The Blues were able to land the Croatia midfielder for a reported £40.3million despite their transfer ban – because the 25-year-old was already registered to the club.
The Croatian joined Real Madrid from Inter Milan in the summer of 2015 when Roberto Mancini was at the nerazzurri. Since then, he failed to make an impact at Real and was loaned out to Chelsea last season. He did well at Stamford Bridge and won the UEFA Europa League with the club and the Blues finished third in the Premier League.
Real have confirmed that they have agreed terms with Chelsea in potential move.
The statement read:
”Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FC have agreed to the transfer of player Mateo Kovacic.
“The club wants to thank Kovacic for all these years of dedication, professionalism and exemplary behavior, and wishes him good luck in his new stage.”
Kovacic appeared in 32 Premier League games this season for Chelsea, assisting twice. He also appeared 12 times in the march towards the Europa League.
He was due to return to the Bernabeu yesterday, Monday, after which point the Blues could no longer buy him, but he has signed a five-year deal to extend his stay.
“I really enjoyed my season on loan with Chelsea, I feel comfortable at the club and like London and the Premier League very much. 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.”
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