Mourinho: Kovacic is always following me

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hailed Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic and has revealed his regret at not managing the Croatian.

Since leaving Dinamo Zagreb in 2013, Kovacic has played for three clubs all previously managed by Mourinho – Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea – but has surprisingly never worked with the Chelsea star.

Mourinho believes Kovacic is better than people even think.

“Kovacic I always feel he’s much better than what people think,” said Mourinho on talkSPORT.

“And I am very upset with him because he played in every club I’ve been, but never with me!

“He played for Real Madrid, but not with me. He played for Chelsea, but not with me. He played for Inter, but not with me.

“So I love the guy and the guy followed my clubs… maybe he goes to Tottenham! Maybe he goes to Tottenham next season! But he never played for me.”

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