NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea is challenged by Deandre Yedlin of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC at St. James Park on August 26, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Chelsea have reportedly begun talks with Real Madrid in regards to making Mateo Kovacic’s stay a permanent one

The Blues signed Kovacic on a season-long loan deal in the summer from Real and he has since impressed in his short time at the Premier League.

The Croatia international has made 18 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea and has kept the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek benched.

Now reports in the Spanish media suggest that Real want to part with Kovacic permanently due to his attempts at forcing an exit in the summer.

The 24-year-old midfielder became frustrated with his lack of action at Real and wanted to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in order to return to regular football.

Now the Evening Standard claims Chelsea have acted quickly to turn Kovacic’s loan deal into a permanent one, amid interest from London rivals Tottenham.

Although it’s understood that Real will not sell Kovacic cheaply and expect to recoup the €30m they paid for him in 2015 to Inter Milan.

Kovacic made a 13-minute cameo in Chelsea’s surprise 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday night in the Premier League.