New Chelsea loan signing Mateo Kovacic has revealed that his Croatian and Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric advised him on his transfer
The Croatian midfielder has completed a season-long loan deal at Stamford Bridge for the upcoming campaign, albeit with no buy option.
Kovacic made the decision to leave Real this summer following a lack of regular starting opportunities but, before he went ahead with the move to West London, he consulted former Tottenham player Modric on it.
“I speak to Luka always. He is, of course, happy for me. He is sad that I am leaving because we are very close there but he told me that London is an amazing city,” Kovacic told the Evening Standard.
“He said the Premier League will be tough in the beginning but he said it is a nice League, the stadiums are always full and I will enjoy it.
“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.”
Kovacic is the second midfielder to be signed by new head coach, Maurizio Sarri following Jorginho’s arrival last month from Napoli.
“I am excited to play with him (Jorginho) and I think we will enjoy ourselves together on the pitch. But there is a coach who needs to decide. I need to do my best to prove myself,” he said.
After winning the Champions League in all three of his seasons at Real, silverware is now something that Kovacic is accustomed to.
When asked if it will be harder at Chelsea compared to Real, he replied: “For sure, but this team has won a lot in the last years. I am joining a team that is winning all the time.”