Chelsea sign Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 09/08/18 12:16pm
Chelsea have completed the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.
The 24-year-old moves to London as part of the deal that takes Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.
The Croatian international leaves the Spanish capital after three years at the club following his move from Inter Milan in 2015.
I am really happy and excited to be here @ChelseaFC. It is a privilege and an amazing feeling to be part of this club and I can't wait to start with trainings and matches. I will try to do my best for this club and hope to bring joy to our fans. pic.twitter.com/OMydrc2i3j— Mateo Kovačić (@Mateo_Kova23) August 9, 2018
Kovacic made just 17 appearances in La Liga last season and moves to the Premier League in search of regular first-team football.
He also played five games during Croatia's run to the World Cup final this summer.
Kovacic told Chelsea's club website: "I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club.
"It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season."
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: "We are very happy to welcome Mateo to the Chelsea family. He is a perfect fit for us this season, his style is well suited to how Maurizio wants to play and we are sure he will prove to be a valuable asset for the club."
Sign Kovacic for £9.2m
Add Chelsea's Kovacic to your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team here for just £9.2m.
Fantasy Football is back!
Fantasy just got real. Pick your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team for free here.