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Mateo Kovacic to Manchester City: Chelsea midfielder completes move to Premier League champions in £30m deal

The Croatian midfielder has spent the last five years at Stamford Bridge, joining from Real Madrid back in 2018; Kovacic won four trophies with Chelsea, including beating Man City in the 2021 Champions League final; Kovacic joins on an initial £25m deal, plus £5m in add-ons

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After completing his move to Manchester City, Mateo Kovacic says he joined the club to win more silverware

Mateo Kovacic has completed a move to Manchester City from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The fee is understood to be worth an initial £25m guaranteed plus £5m in performance-related add-ons.

He will wear the No 8 shirt recently vacated by Ilkay Gundogan, who has joined Barcelona.

Kovacic had been at Stamford Bridge since joining from Real Madrid - initially on loan - in the summer of 2018.

The 29-year-old Croatia international won four major trophies during his time at Chelsea - including his fourth Champions League at the expense of Pep Guardiola's side in 2021 - while going on to make 221 appearances for the club.

Mateo Kovacic
Image: Kovacic won four major trophies with Chelsea

Kovacic said: "This is a brilliant move for me, and I cannot wait to get started with City.

"Anyone who has watched this team under Pep knows how good they are - for me, they are the best in the world. The trophies they have won are clear for all to see, but they are also the best footballing side out there.

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"To be joining this squad really is a dream for any footballer. I still have plenty of learning and developing to do, and I know under Pep's management I can become a better player, which is really exciting for me.

"My plan now is to rest for a few weeks before coming back to Manchester to prepare for the new season. I want to help this club stay at the top and win more trophies."

Manchester City unveil their new signing Mateo Kovacic
Image: Kovacic was a happy man as he was unveiled as a Man City player

Man City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: "Mateo is an excellent footballer.

"He can play as a six or an eight, has plenty of experience at top level clubs and he understands the Premier League. It was a very simple decision to bring him to City because he has the tactical and technical qualities we are looking for in a midfielder.

"He is someone we have monitored for a very long time and always we were impressed whenever we watched him.

Manchester City unveil their new signing Mateo Kovacic alongside  Txiki Begiristain
Image: Kovacic puts pen to paper at Man City alongside Txiki Begiristain

"I am delighted he is here. This is a great signing for this club, and I am very excited to watch what he can do with Pep and the rest of our backroom team."

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