Mateo Kovacic has joined Chelsea from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal and the 24-year-old said he is “looking forward to a great season” at Stamford Bridge.
The midfielder, who played five games during Croatia’s run to the World Cup final in Russia, said he is “happy and excited” with his move to the west London club.
Kovacic told Chelseafc.com : ‘I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club.
“It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.’
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are very happy to welcome Mateo to the Chelsea family. He is a perfect fit for us this season, his style is well suited to how Maurizio wants to play and we are sure he will prove to be a valuable asset for the club.’