Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic admits that he feels wanted at Chelsea and therefore expects to quickly adapt to his new surroundings.
Filed: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 12:10 UK
Last Updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 12:10 UK
The Croatia international ended a three-year stay at Real Madrid to join the Blues last week, initially arriving on loan with a view to a permanent deal.
Having been used sparingly last season, with more than half of his La Liga outings coming from the bench, Kovacic is glad to be at a club where he will play more regularly.
Speaking after his 30-minute appearance for the Blues in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal, the 24-year-old told Sport Klub TV: “I am happy because of victory, the most important is that team played good.
“I feel fine, I miss rhythm but I just joined the team. I am working fine and improving. It was important for me after three years without continuity of play in Madrid, to find a team and coach that want me, and that happened in Chelsea.
“The club who wanted me and the coach that believes in me. That is what I need. Sarri knows me for a long time and I watched a lot of his matches. He loves to play, the team is great, with a lot of big players. I don’t expect it to be hard for me to adapt.”
Kovacic finished last season’s La Liga campaign with an 88% dribble success rate – the best of any player to have attempted at least 30 dribbles.
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