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Mateo Kovacic has revealed that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was key in bringing the midfielder to Stamford Bridge.

The Croatian made his Chelsea debut against Arsenal on Saturday, coming off the bench in a 3-2 win. He completed all of his 43 attempted passes.

“First of all it was important that after three years of inconsistency in playing time in Madrid I’ve got into a team that wants me and a coach that wants and trust me,” Kovacic told Sport Klub, according to Daily Express.

“That’s how Chelsea happened. That’s what I really need now, as I said earlier I’m feeling really good and I want to keep it that way.”

“Well yeah, he (Sarri) knows me for a long time,” Kovacic added.

“I’ve watched a lot of his games, he likes to play and that’s what matters in my opinion.

“The squad is phenomenal with many great players that’s why it wasn’t so hard to adapt quick.”

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