Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is keen on retaining the services of Mateo Kovacic at Stamford Bridge.
Kovacic completed a season-long loan from Real Madrid to Chelsea and has adapted to the Sarri’s style of play making him one of the Italian’s favourite.
The former Napoli boss has remained bullish about his preference for the Croatian midfielder and Jorginho in the middle ahead of a more naturally-defensive N’Golo Kante.
And when asked about his midfield options amid a controversial transfer ban by FIFA, Sarri suggested via Sky he would like Kovacic to remain at the club: “No, I want to try with Kovacic.
“He is only on loan, of course, but I’d like very much that Kovacic will stay with us. You know very well that, in that position, we have some problems because we have only Jorginho.
“In my opinion, Kovacic could become a very good central midfielder. Of course, he is not a defensive midfielder (at the moment) but, as you know, in that position I prefer a very technical player.
“In the last match, Jorginho touched 161 balls. So, for us, it’s very important for us to have a big quality in that position. Big quality not for the last pass, but big quality in terms of moving the ball.”
The Blues are in action tonight against the Hammers and will be looking for a win to boost their chances of securing Champions League football next season.