Kovacic slams Real & hints permanent exit

The Croatian midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge earlier this month on a season-long loan deal, with the agreement forming part of the deal that took goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid for €35million.

Kovacic moved to London after failing to command a regular shirt at Real Madrid; the player making 110 appearances over his three years at the Bernabeu, though the majority of these coming off the bench and in the club’s so-called lesser games.

And after making his debut off the bench in last weekend’s 3-2 win over Arsenal, Kovacic has outlined his hopes during his time at Chelsea.

Kovacic told sports channel Sport Klub: “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 who wants and trusts me.

“That’s how Chelsea happened. That’s what I really need now and I want to keep it that way.

“He’s known me for a long time and that’s what matters in my opinion.

“The squad is phenomenal with many great players – that is why is wasn’t so hard to adapt quickly.”