Chelsea decided to hand Mateo Kovacic a deal to stay with the club because of an injury suffered to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Kovacic became a permanent fixture in the squad last season and made over 50 appearances, as he helped us get back inside the top four spots and win the Europa league title ahead of Arsenal.
However, the serious injury suffered by Loftus-Cheek at the end of last season meant wewould have been short of options in midfield if Kovacic had not been retained, and in the end we ultimately decided to offer him a permanent move to the club, which is reportedly worth around £40 million.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said on the Chelsea website: “Mateo proved what an accomplished player he is during his season on loan with us and we are delighted to welcome him to the club on a permanent basis.
“He already possesses extensive experience at club and international level and we are sure he will be a big success with Chelsea over the next five years.”
Meanwhile, Bristol City have agreed a deal for defender Tomas Kalas, who has now officially left the Blues.
Bristol are seeking to revamp the squad this season and Kalas becomes the seventh signing this summer, as they seek to gain promotion this year.
City Chief Executive Mark Ashton said on the official website: “We are thrilled Tomas has committed his future to Bristol City for a club-record fee and I know it is a signing which City supporters have been eagerly hoping for.
“A player of Tomas’ stature naturally attracts a lot of interest but we worked hard to secure his services which I believe shows a lot about our ambition. All credit as well to Chelsea who have been excellent to deal with regarding Jay (Dasilva) and now Tomas.”
Head Coach Lee Johnson added: “We saw last season the qualities he brings and Tomas is exactly the type of player we want to build our team around. Not only is he a fantastic footballer but someone with a winning mentality.
“A lot of credit should go to Mark Ashton, Jon Lansdown and the City Board for the hard work in making this happen.”