Mateo Kovacic is relishing the opportunity of working under Chelsea’s record goalscorer Frank Lampard and hopes to emulate his scoring prowess.
Following an impressive loan campaign at the heart of the Chelsea midfield, Kovacic is back as a full-time Blue upon completing a permanent €45m transfer from Real Madrid this month.
The Croatia international will now work directly under Lampard in the upcoming season after previously starring for Maurizio Sarri.
But even a proven performer like Kovacic, who has already tasted Champions League success with Real and helped Croatia reach the 2018 World Cup final, is excited to work with Lampard.
The 25-year-old, who is yet to score for Chelsea after 51 appearances, even hopes to get a few pointers on finding the back of the net from the new head coach.
“I’m looking forward to working with him a lot,” Kovacic told the club’s website.
“He was an amazing player and he showed last season that he is a good coach as well. I’m looking forward to learning how to score from him because he scored quite a lot and me not so much last season!
“I’m maybe not exactly the same type of midfielder as he was but he had some strong abilities, especially scoring goals. He was a hard worker so I’m looking forward to being better in this aspect, in working hard, fighting on the pitch and scoring goals.”
Lampard scored a record 211 goals in 648 games in a 13-year playing career in the Blues midfield.
Meanwhile, Kovacic capped off a splendid campaign by helping Chelsea to a third-place Premier League finish and a Europa League winners medal last term.
However, the three-time Champions League winner remains as hungry as ever for more glory next season.
Although Lampard will be in a for a tricky Premier League debut in the dugout away to Manchester United on August 11. A UEFA Super Cup final against Liverpool will then be coming up three days later in Istanbul, Turkey.
“We have two big games to start the season,” continued Kovacic.
“But we’re players who like to play big games so it will be nice. I think the whole team and staff is motivated and that’s important now.
“I want to win a lot of games and a lot of trophies. The most important things in football are to enjoy yourself, play well and win trophies.”
Chelsea drew 1-1 with Irish side Bohemians in Dublin on Wednesday.