‘He’s not a normal baller’ — Chelsea fans react to £40m star’s display on international duty

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Chelsea fans are used to seeing Mateo Kovacic play at a top level for the club, but it’s at country level that the Croatia international still has some critics.

However, the £40m signing from Real Madrid was in amazing form when Croatia took on Russia in a World Cup qualifier.

Despite the goalless draw, Kovacic was in top form as he bossed the middle of the park with his customary runs and sleek play.

Kovacic played the entire 90 minutes of the game, and Blues fans have taken to social media to hail the 27-year-old.

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