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Mateo Kovacic has revealed he would like to make his move a permanent basis in summer when the transfer window opens.
The midfielder joined Chelsea on a season-long loan deal which saw Thibaut Courtois move the other way.
Speaking about his future after the 0-0 draw at West Ham, as reported by Football London, the Croatian international dropped a major hint that his long-term future could well be in London.
“It is too early and I have to respect my contract with Real Madrid. But for now I’m really happy with Chelsea. The city is amazing. The fans are great. The stadium, everything is nice. I could imagine myself [staying] here.”
“After two years of struggling in Madrid, playing and not playing, it was difficult. Without the confidence you don’t try the things you know. This year was my final decision to go. Chelsea came and I spoke with the coach, with the club, so it was definitely for me just Chelsea. I wanted to come here and in the end I am happy that it happened.”
“I needed it. I needed it a lot because I don’t got this type of confidence in the last few years so now I’m really enjoying it but I need to pay it back on the pitch.”
“[Modric] obviously was not happy that I would leave. We had three amazing years together winning a lot of trophies but this year I looked only at myself and this is what I needed so he was obviously happy that I got what I wanted.”
It is believed that Chelsea do not hold the option to buy, so they would need to negotiate a price with Real Madrid in order to seal a deal.