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According to Spanish outlet AS, as cited on Sport Witness, Real Madrid are unlikely to keep Mateo Kovacic for next season due to the behaviour that he displayed before joining Chelsea.
London rivals Tottenham will go head-to-head with Chelsea in a bid to sign the Real Madrid’s star in the summer.
Kovacic joined Chelsea in the summer on a season loan deal which also saw Thiabut Courtious move the other way.
The Croatian international was unhappy with his bit-part role, which is why he asked the Spanish capital club to sanction his transfer in the summer and was allowed to join Chelsea on a season-long loan deal without an option to buy.
The report claims the midfielder have made up his mind to leave on a permanent basis. The relationship between Kovacic and his parent club has now deteriorated and Madrid are disappointed with the attitude he showed in the summer.
Since moving to Spain from Inter in 2015 his service as an understudy has been rewarded with three Champions League titles, back-to-back, plus one LaLiga winners’ medal, three super cups and the World Club Cup.
However, after not signing a single player in the previous transfer window, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are likely to be busy at the end of the season and are reportedly admirers of the midfielder.