Published: Mon, July 01, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Chelsea confirm permanent signing of Kovacic

Chelsea confirm permanent signing of Kovacic

Because Kovacic was registered as a Chelsea player in the 2018/19 campaign, he has been allowed to sign on a permanent deal despite the London club's transfer ban.

Chelsea have signed Mateo Kovacic on a five-year deal from Real Madrid.

Real Madrid announced the transfer on their website, with a short statement thanking the player for his years of commitment, professionalism and exemplary behaviour.

Crucially, Kovacic was not mentioned, indicating he is staying at Stamford Bridge.

The Croatian spent last season at loan at Stamford Bridge, but the Blues have now decided to make the move permanent, despite their Federation Internationale de Football Association ban.

"He already possesses extensive experience at club and global level and we are sure he will be a big success with Chelsea over the next five years".

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"I am very happy to be able to join permanently".

The Blues are now operating under a two-window transfer ban, which means that they are unable to register new players until next summer.

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His arrival bolsters Chelsea's midfield options in the absence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who will miss at least the first half of the new season after rupturing his Achilles' tendon during a postseason friendly against New England Revolution.

And in order to make sure their squad is as packed as possible for next season, where they'll be challenging in the Champions League, Kovacic is the first to be tied down to a long contract.

The Blues have been tipped to seal the permanent recruitment of Kovacic in the past few days and a deal has now been completed with a £40m deal agreed with Real Madrid.

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