Mateo Kovacic : « Hazard has asked me about Real Madrid »

Mateo Kovacic wants to stay at Chelsea, where the Croatia midfielder is on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

« I need to regard my previous club, Real Madrid. But I can see myself staying here at Chelsea,” the 24-year-old told Sky Sports. “Even so, I have a contract and I will respect it.”

Kovacic has turned into a normal apparatus in Maurizio Sarri’s midfield at Stamford Bridge, starting 12 Premier League games so far this season and finding the regularity that eluded him at the Bernabéu.

“It was a change that I wanted a lot, I wanted to come here,” Kovacic continued. « I am thankful to my previous club [for the opportunity] and to Chelsea for the intrigue they appeared in me. I’m enjoying it here and I’m happy.

Kovacic: « I didn’t know how good Hazard is »

Kovacic additionally talked about Eden Hazard, whose potential move to the Bernabéu next summer could be key to prolonging his career at Stamford Bridge: « He is mind boggling.

I didn’t realize he was so great until the point when I came here, he could easily be one of the three best players in the world.

Truly, he has gotten some information about Madrid and my time there, but at the moment we are concentrating on having a great season with Chelsea. He is very focused.”

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