“How Modric influenced me to join Chelsea”, Mateo Kovacic reveals



Mateo Kovacic got his wish for a new challenge after moving to Chelsea on a season long loan and the midfielder has revealed he got some advice from teammate Luka Modric. Kovacic speaking to the

Evening Standard  revealed that Modric told him to make a move to London and gave him some details about the premier league.

Kovacic moved from Inter Milan in 2015 and has developed a close relationship with his national team captain Modric.  He failed to cement a regular spot in the Madrid midfield fallen behind the pecking order of Kroos, Casemeiro and Modric.

The 25 year old had spoken earlier in the season of his desire to move to a club that would give him more playing time. Kovacic also expressed his desire to play alongside fellow new signingJorginho and wants to impress new boss Maurizio Sarri.

. ‘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,’

‘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 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.’

Kovacic would need to hit the ground running if he is to make the first team with the likes of Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, and Ross Barkley vying for the last midfield position.

Chelsea made three signings this summer bring Kepa Arrizabalaga for a record fee of £72 million and Napoli midfielder Jorginho £57million.  The Blues begin their premier league campaign against Huddersfield on Saturday as Sarri begins his debut as Chelsea manager.

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