Kovacic: “I badly wanted to join Chelsea”

Kovacic: “I badly wanted to join Chelsea”

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Chelsea have unveiled latest signing Mateo Kovacic this morning. The Croatia international joins Maurizio Sarri’s team on a season-long loan from Real Madrid without an option to make the deal permanent at the end of 2018/19 campaign.

However, speaking at his first interview as a Chelsea midfielder, Kovacic explained he wanted “too badly” to come to Stamford Bridge this summer.

He told the club’s official TV: “I am really really happy, excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. Yes, the World Cup was bad for England but Croatia did good.

I will try to do my best for the club. I want to wish all the best to Kante and Giroud for the new season. I wish for us together to play good football and I hope I will come straight to the team to show my best, which is now the most important thing”.

On potential trio in midfield alongside with former Serie A star Jorginho and N’Golo Kante: “It will be nice to play with Kante, of course, but there’s a coach who needs to decide. I have to give myself to prove the best, I don’t like to talk about myself. I played against Jorginho in Italy when he was at Hellas Verona and then SSC Napoli. I am excited to play alongside him, I think we are gonna enjoy together on the pitch: of course I am excited”.

“I am excited because everything is new. It’s a new league, the beginning is always tough but I am really excited to be at aChelsea. My teammates will help me. This team has been winning a lot in the recent years,  so I am coming to a team that is winning all the time. I am happy to be in a such great club and city – I knew it also before – and I will give my best. Thanks to Chelsea for this opportunity”.

Kovacic also admitted he asked Luka Modric some thoughts on the Croatian’s Premier League spell at Tottenham Hotspur, before he joined Real Madrid in 2012.

“I am speaking to Luka always, of course he is happy for me. He was sad for me leaving because we were very close there [in Madrid], but London is an amazing city. He said the Premier League will be tough at the beginning, but is a nice league with amazing football, the stadiums are always full of fans”.

“I haven’t trained a lot at Real Madrid because I badly wanted to come to Chelsea so I didn’t do much training. I will give my best to be ready [as soon as possible]”.