Mateo Kovacic says Chelsea requested him about his Croatia team-mate (Image: Getty)
Mateo Kovacic has revealed he really helpful his Croatia team-mate Josko Gvardiol to Chelsea in the course of the membership’s record-breaking summer time spending spree.
New Blues proprietor Todd Boehly spent greater than £250m on new signings over the summer time, bringing the likes of Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea additionally expressed curiosity in RB Leipzig defender Gvardiol and spoke to Kovacic about his compatriot as they thought-about a transfer for the £77m-rated star.
‘On the membership, they requested me about Josko, I advised all of them the very best,’ Kovacic stated forward of Chelsea’s opening Champions League conflict towards Dinamo Zagreb in his native Croatia.
‘I don’t have to say something about his soccer, they know what sort of participant he’s, and his character is superb.
‘I’ve seen within the nationwide staff how keen he’s to play, he has an ideal profession forward of him, and I hope that someday we’ll play collectively within the membership.’
Kovacic and Gvardiol each began their careers at Dinamo Zagreb, with Kovacic having fun with spells at Inter Milan and Actual Madrid earlier than becoming a member of Chelsea in 2019 and Gvardiol transferring to Leipzig a 12 months later.
The Blues expressed curiosity in signing Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig (Image: Getty)
Kovacic missed the beginning of the season with an harm however has featured in Chelsea’s final three video games, beginning Saturday’s 2-1 win over London rivals West Ham.
Discussing his health points, Kovacic stated: ‘I’m getting higher, I had some issues with my knee after nationwide staff and pre-season.
‘It was a troublesome pre-season for me however I’m recovered now and getting higher daily. I have to get my match health again however video games and coaching are there for that. So I’m trying ahead to getting higher daily.’
Kovacic additionally warned his Chelsea team-mates to count on a ‘tough’ opening Champions League fixture as they give the impression of being to return from Zagreb with three factors.
He added: ‘Dinamo is rising daily. The work right here is phenomenal, I do know that from expertise.
‘It will likely be tough to play at Maksimir tomorrow, it is not going to be simple. I hope we shall be prepared.’
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