What's next for Mateo Kovacic?
Mateo Kovacic arrived in Spain in 2015. He has scored three goals and grabbed eight assists in the league and European competitions. These statistics are not even decent in a single season, Kovacic has needed three. The player himself is least happy about the situation.
I want to play more and the best thing is to leave Madrid.
That is what he told Marca in an interview after a World Cup game. Clearly struggling for game time, a player of his calibre and age (24) should play at least 40-45 games per season. Real have Luka Modric, Isco, Toni Kroos and Casemiro as starters. All are in blistering form. Youngsters like Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente are also looking for minutes. To squeeze into Julen Lopetegui's plans will be very hard for Kovacic. Winning the Champions League for the third consecutive time doesn't compensate for the lack of minutes.
The Croat feels that he hasn't done enough to help the team to win accolades and he is absolutely correct. He made just 10 starts in La Liga last year, four in the Champions League. He was also sidelined for two months to end 2017.
A new club would be a win-win situation for both parties. Wherever he lands, it will help them achieve more, as there is no doubt of his quality. In return, he'd become a better version of himself.
With a release clause of £44m and low wage demands, Kovacic makes a safe acquisition for several European elites. Manchester United were heavily linked until they signed Fred. There are others. So, where can he land next?