According to reports, Stamford Bridge chiefs have finally made their decision over whether Mateo Kovacic will be signed on a permanent basis or not.
Mateo Kovacic has been a regular starter in Maurizio Sarri’s squad, making twelve appearances since moving from Santiago Bernabeu this summer on a year-long loan to Stamford Bridge. Los Blancos indeed played a great move by not including a permanent clause in his loan contract, which basically means that the Pensioners would have to renegotiate from scratch to bring him on permanent basis.
And now after analysing the situation, Chelsea have dropped the idea of signing Mateo Kovacic on a permanent basis. According to Star Sport, the defending champions have dropped the plan of bringing Mateo Kovacic on a permanent basis to Stamford Bridge.
Even the Croatia international has been reluctant to comment on his long-term future. When asked about staying in Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis, Kovacic said: “It’s too early for these questions. I am here and very happy. [Playing regularly] is good. I’m a little bit tired. I was not used to playing every three or four games and here it is very tough football. You can’t relax against anybody so it’s a little bit difficult but I really enjoy it. We have a great team, great fans and the city is nice. I like it a lot here.”
Chelsea are not planning to sign midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a permanent basis. Kovacic’s place in the team has come under threat in recent weeks amid Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s fine form. #cfc
— Vince™ (@Blue_Footy) November 2, 2018
The midfielder’s place in the team has come under threat as fine display of football from Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s puts his future into question. Presenting his views on Mateo Kovacic’s loan deal, Arsenal Legend Martin Keown said: “I honestly believe that had Maurizio Sarri known just how good Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were, Chelsea would not have taken Mateo Kovacic on loan.”
“It’s a nice problem for Sarri to have. You cannot drop N’Golo Kante so there are three players fighting for one midfield berth. If Chelsea had to make a choice between Kovacic and Loftus-Cheek, I would rather send Kovacic back to Real Madrid than send Loftus-Creek out on loan.”
Since joining Los Blancos from Inter Milan in 2015, Kovacic had failed to nail down a regular spot in Zinedine Zidane’s squad. During his time at the Bernabeu, Kovacic won three Champions League title and one La Liga title. However things have got better since moving to Stamford Bridge. The Croatia international would be back in action on Sunday when the Pensioners take on Crystal Palace.
Kovacic is a classic playmaker with an amazing attacking threat, but at the same time, he has the immense potential to play ahead or behind that role. The Croat can play anywhere in the midfield from center to either of the flanks, he can do everything. Let’s see how things will work for him in future.