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Mateo Kovacic joined Chelsea from Real Madrid last summer on a one-year loan deal.
The Croatian was an important player under former boss Maurizio Sarri, and it’s unclear if he’ll be at Chelsea next season.
Sarri wanted to keep Kovacic at Chelsea, but with the Italian now at Juventus, Kovacic’s future is now in limbo.
Despite being hit with a two-window transfer ban, Chelsea have the option of signing Kovacic as he’s already a registered player at the club. The Blues can sign Kovacic, extend his loan or allow him to return to Madrid.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that Kovacic isn’t in his plans for next season, and the 25-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.
The 25-year-old is yet to hear from Chelsea about his future, and the Blues now have 7 days to sign Kovacic or else lose him.
Chelsea are yet to sign Frank Lampard as the club manager and won’t make any decision on players until Lampard’s appointment, and it is unclear whether he would want to keep Kovacic in his squad.
Given the club’s transfer ban and Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s injury, Chelsea might have to consider signing Kovacic as Ross Barkley is currently the only fit midfielder, and the Blues must do so before July 1st.
Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly is the latest to have backed Lampard for the job, and believes that the decision of the board should be trusted.
He told the Evening Standard: “We need to understand and to trust the fact that every single time Abramovich or the management of Chelsea have been able to get the correct coach to go for victory.
“Europa League this year, third position, we were not very pleased about the way Chelsea played this year but how do you want them to go forward and win? There are two crazy teams [in front]: Liverpool and City.
“Sarri, they found him from somewhere, so I’m sure they will find another coach, now that they cannot buy new players, who has a good philosophy to use the players that they have at the moment, from Pedro, to Willian, to [Olivier] Giroud, to have a better tactical setup.”