Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic is hoping to be handed a long-term Chelsea contract, as he does not want to make a return to the Bernabeu.
We finally managed to secure a try-before-they deal for the Croatian midfielder, who reportedly turned down a number of top clubs to test himself in the Premier League and under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri.
However, he is all set to return to Madrid at the end of the season as we are questioning whether or not to hand Kovacic a long-term deal, despite the fact that he has become a big part of Sarri’s plans.
It is believed that Madrid will be ready to give Zidane around £300 million to spend on new players and build a side that is capable of challenging Barcelona for the La Liga title, and possibly try to add another Champions League title to the cabinet.
However, the Daily Mail have claimed a permanent move is uncertain with the club facing a two-window transfer ban for breaching rules on the signing of overseas players under the age of 18.
Meanwhile, Eden Hazard has told team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi how to progress from teenage sensation to one of the best players in the world.
After finally giving in and handing Hudson-Odoi his first Premier League start against Brighton, Maurizio Sarri has once again seen the talented 18-year old winger dominate all the headlines over the past 24 hours as no-one can stop raving about his impressive display.
The England international caused the Seagulls numerous problems and set up an Olivier Giroud goal in the first half after some textbook wing play and Hazard has offered Hudson-Odoi some advice of how to progress from teenage superstardom.
‘I told him if he stays humble at first, for me it is the best thing, to stay humble,’ said Hazard on the Sky Sports website.
‘Work in training, score goals, and then be happy on the pitch. He can go very far. ‘I was not listening to everything [people said about me]. Then I think my family also helped me to stay humble.
‘In football that can happen very quickly, you can be at the top in two months, and then in two months, everyone can forget about you. But I think if you keep your feet on the floor and train…
‘I think for him it is easy because the players he has around him are quite humble, so if we were all thinking we are the best, for him, it could be hard to stay humble. But he is intelligent and has a family that cares for him.’
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