After three seasons of playing second fiddle to Modric, Kovacic chose to take a new adventure this summer. He joined Chelsea albeit on loan from Madrid on the deadline day. The Croatian midfielder was eager to move to Chelsea because of the prospect of getting to play under Sarri.
Kovacic starred in the thirty-minute cameo in the 3-2 win against Arsenal. He has now revealed that it was the trust and love from new manager Maurizio Sarri that convinced him to switch to England.
Speaking to Sport Klub after his first taste of the London derby, the 24-year-old revealed why he chose the Blues. “First of all it was important that after three years of inconsistency in playing time in Madrid I’ve got into a team that wants me and a coach that wants and trusts me, that’s how Chelsea happened. That’s what I really need now and I want to keep it that way,” said Kovacic.
Kovacic: “I needed a team that wanted me and I found that here with Sarri and Chelsea.” #CFC pic.twitter.com/aHRSw0lcmy
— The Blues (@TheBlues___) August 19, 2018
He further added,“He’s[Sarri] known me for a long time, I’ve watched a lot of his games, he likes to play and that’s what matters in my opinion. The squad is phenomenal with many great players that’s why it wasn’t so hard to adapt quickly.”
When quizzed about his thoughts regarding the Premier League Kovacic explained,“The tempo is higher, there is more space, but as I said it’s not hard to adapt when you are surrounded by great players. I would thank all fans that support me and I will make sure I payback on the pitch.”
After a difficult spell of three years, a loan move at Chelsea will surely help Kovacic resurrect his career. Sarri is one of the most astute tacticians of the game, no wonder why the Croat was so eager to play under him. Also, his comments hinted that he may well be tempted to stay at the Bridge for a longer haul.