Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic has come out and claimed that he wants to make a move away from three-in-a-row Champions League winners, Real Madrid.
Having joined the club from Inter Milan in 2015, Mateo Kovacic has always been seen as back up with the trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and fellow country man Luka Modric starting ahead of him. The midfielder is now looking to increase his playing time and would be willing to leave the Spanish capital to achieve such.
Mateo Kovacic is currently in Russia representing Croatia at the World Cup, where they have progressed to the last 16 with one game to spare. During an interview with MARCA, the 24-year-old revealed that he is weighing up his options for his future.
Firstly, he made it clear that he would like to play more at Real Madrid before going on to claim that the better option for Mateo Kovacic would be to move to another club:
“I would like to play more at Real Madrid because I love football and I love being on the pitch. I know that it’s difficult to be a starter at Real Madrid, especially when I arrived at a really young age … I understand the situation, but because of that I believe the best thing for me would be to go to another club where I’d have the opportunity to play regularly as a starter. I think I can have this opportunity and it’s one I want right now.”
The Croat made it clear that he has been happy overall during his three years in Madrid; winning trophies every season. The issue for Mateo Kovacic however is that he has not been able to fulfill his true potential as of yet due to the high quality of the players in his position.
“I have really enjoyed these three years in Madrid, alongside some incredible teammates and winning trophies, but I haven’t been completely happy because my contribution to all of this hasn’t been complete and this is something I want to change … The problem is that it’s difficult to get consistency when you’re a young player. Without that consistency I will never be able to show my potential.”
Kovacic was also asked about Real Madrid new manager Julen Lopetegui before making it clear once again that without the promise of regualr game time, he will want to leave Los Blancos:
“I don’t know the new coach and I’ve never spoken to him, but I now that we need to talk about my future. I have been at Real Madrid for three years and haven’t played too much, something which has affected my status with the national team. This is something I’m not happy about. That’s why the best thing would be to change team.”
An interesting time awaits for both Real Madrid and Mateo Kovacic. Most Madridistas would hate to see the Croatian leave. His dribbling ability from deep in midfield is an unusual trait and Kovacic adds great energy to a team. His most memorable contribution last season was a piece of poor marking on Lionel Messi when Real Madrid conceded a goal. When called upon, he has looked comfortable and deserves to play at this level on a more regular basis. With Luka Modric now 32, Mateo Kovacic is seen as his long term replacement. Judging by his comments in this interview, he will need some convincing to remain in Madrid however.