Kovacic reveals reason for his form this season

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Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has enjoyed a good season thus far, and the 25-year-old has been one of the best players in the team this season.

Kovacic joined Chelsea from Real Madrid last season on a season-long loan deal, but was eventually signed up by the club during the summer.

The Croatian international has now revealed that signing up permanently for the club helped him settle, which has led to his improved form.

He told Chelsea magazine: “Maybe it is because I have signed here [permanently] so now I am more calm.

“Because last year was a loan, it was maybe more difficult to prove myself, but this year I feel a lot better because I had one year’s adaptation and now I am feeling good.

“The guys are amazing, the staff are really good and my family is happy. It is really important to me that my family feels good and for now everything is amazing so we are enjoying everything about London and Chelsea, it’s really nice.”

Kovacic also admitted that he enjoys the weather in London which is a lot cooler than what he experienced in Madrid.

He said: “The country suits me because the weather is not so hot. That’s always important because when I trained in Madrid it was a little bit difficult, always 30 degrees. It was tough sometimes to train but here the climate is amazing so I’m enjoying it a lot.

“I’m used to this weather because I lived in Austria and was raised there, and the weather is the same. For training it is amazing. Maybe for our families it’s not so good but for us players, it’s good!”

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