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Chelsea announced the permanent signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on Monday on a five-year contract in a deal thought to be around £40million.
Kovacic joined Chelsea on loan last summer from Real Madrid as part of the deal that saw Thibaut Courtois move in the opposite direction.
Kovacic made 51 appearances for Chelsea last season, 36 of them starts, playing primarily on the left of midfield in Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 formation.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has revealed why the Blues have signed Mateo Kovacic.
According to Granovskaia, Kovacic proved to be an accomplished player during his time on loan at Chelsea.
“Mateo proved what an accomplished player he is during his season on loan with us and we are delighted to welcome him to the club on a permanent basis,” Granovskaia said.
“He already possesses extensive experience at club and international level and we are sure he will be a big success with Chelsea over the next five years.”
Kovacic failed to score for the Blues last season but showed his ability to dribble through midfield with ease, while he also possesses tidy passing range.
Prior to his signing for Real Madrid four years ago, Kovacic was at Inter Milan in Italy and before that, Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia, for whom he has won 52 caps.