Los Blancos on the verge of losing a world-class midfielder due to lack of playing time.
Three-time Champions League winner Mateo Kovacic wants out of Real Madrid. The Croatian midfielder who was signed as Luka Modric’s successor looks desperate to call time on his stint with Madrid. He arrived in 2015 but has failed to nail down a place in the starting eleven. The trio of Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro proved too good for Kovacic, leaving him with no other option but to move away from the Bernabeu.
The 24-year-old openly expressed his desire to play regularly earlier this year, and it seems he has now made up his mind. Recent reports from Spain suggest that Kovacic wants to join a team where he can play week-in-week-out. That won’t be possible at Madrid anytime soon, leaving the Blancos helpless.
Kovacic searching for pastures new?
The Croatian playmaker has found playing time hard to come by at Madrid, thereby forcing him to make a choice. Indeed, he has earlier been quoted craving for more minutes. “I would like to play more at Madrid because I love football and being on the pitch,” reported Marca. “I know that at Madrid it’s difficult to be a starter, especially because I arrived very young.”
“I understand the situation but that’s why I think it’s best for me to go to another club where I will have the chance to play regularly as a starter. It’s an opportunity that I think I can have and I want it now.” Being a versatile playmaker, he has a long list of suitors including the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.
BREAKING: Mateo Kovacić has met with Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui & insisted that the club sell him this summer (MARCA).
He has a £44m release clause. An absolute bargain for a multi-talented player who is yet to peak and can play as a DM, as a box to box CM & as an AM. pic.twitter.com/78p7IW0ZQj
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) July 21, 2018
Real Madrid will obviously be kicking themselves, but their embarrassment of riches in the central midfield will likely push Kovacic away. However, they will not entertain any offers below €50 million.
Moreover, Kovacic further said,”The problem is that it’s difficult for a young player to have continuity and without that, I will never be able to show my potential. When I don’t play of course I’m not happy. I’ve enjoyed these three years in Madrid hugely, with incredible teammates, winning trophies.”
“But I haven’t been completely happy because my contribution to all of this has not been the biggest and it’s something I want to change.”
Surely a player of Kovacic’s caliber could easily walk into the starting eleven of any team. Madrid’s valuation of him is right to some extent because of the versatility and the commanding presence he brings to the table. With plenty of PL clubs interested in him, the 24-year-old will have the last word on his future avenues.
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