Mateo Kovacic, a safe bet for the Blues
This Tuesday, October 25, Chelsea moved to Salzburg’s turf for the fifth day of the season’s Champions League. If they wanted to be sure of qualifying for the last 16 of the competition, the Londoners needed to prevail. What they managed to do. It was Mateo Kovacic who led his side by opening the scoring before a goal from Kai Havertz gave his side a clear advantage.
Although regularly hampered by injuries and not necessarily in undisputed starting status, Kovacic has established himself as an important element in the Blues squad since his arrival from Real in 2018. His performances under the blue tunic are often successful. Just like last weekend. Came from 36th minute he changed the face of his team against Manchester United.
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And according to The evening standard, Graham Potter is counting on Kovacic in the coming seasons. Especially as the futures of Jorginho and N’Golo Kanté are still uncertain as their current contracts expire next June. The London leaders would therefore like to offer Kovacic a new contract while his current loan expires in June 2024. They should start discussions with his clan after the World Cup.
The British newspaper also understands that the native of Linz is on the same wavelength. He is open to the idea of extending to Chelsea, where he is comfortable. Kovacic is therefore well on his way to staying in West London for a few more years, and becoming one of the essential elements in Potter’s team. Meanwhile, the Blues manager recently revealed that he will have to manage his player’s playing time as he is still struggling with a knee injury. His coach therefore does not want him to relapse. But he should use it more often when he is fully recovered.