New loan signing Mateo Kovacic hopes he will be able to impress at Chelsea following his move from Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge.
Kovacic joined Chelsea earlier this summer with Thibaut Courtois moving in the opposite direction in a £35 million deal.
The Croatian midfielder didn’t feature regularly at the Bernabeu as the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Casemiro were ahead of him in the pecking order.
This unsettled the midfielder as he grew disillusioned in his three-year stay at the Bernabeu. He made his debut for Chelsea as a sub in the game against Arsenal.
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He is hoping that the trust Maurizio Sarri has put in him will help him to fulfill his potential significantly at Stamford Bridge.
In a chat with Sport Klub, Kovacic said: “It was important that after three years of inconsistency in playing time in Madrid I’ve got into a team that wants me and a coach who wants and trusts me. That’s how Chelsea happened.”
His time at Madrid seemed to affect his chances in the national team as he mostly found himself on the bench in key games.
When asked about how he would fit into Sarri’s plans, he spoke highly of the Italian tactician:
“That’s what I really need now and I want to keep it that way.”
“He’s known me for a long time and that’s what matters in my opinion. The squad is phenomenal with many great players – that is why is wasn’t so hard to adapt quickly.
“The tempo is higher and there is more space, but it is not hard to adapt when you are surrounded by great players.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea travel to St. James’ Park this Sunday for a tough encounter against Rafael Benitez’ Newcastle United.
Kovacic will definitely be pushing for a start in the game but he faces competition from Ross Barkley who has been impressive under Sarri thus far.