Chelsea not planning to sign Kovacic
Chelsea Football Club are reportedly not looking to sign Mateo Kovacic on a permanent basis after his loan deal expires next summer.Kovacic joined the Blues on a season-long loan move from Spanish giants, Real Madrid earlier in August and has largely impressed in the colours of Chelsea.Chelsea failed to insert a permanent clause in Kovacic’s loan deal and the club hierarchy are not currently planning to sign him on a permanent basis next summer, according to the Daily Star.Maurizio Sarri’s team already boasts a number of top class midfielders in their ranks, with Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek joining N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Cesc Fabregas as genuine options to manager Sarri.Barkley has scored in each of his last three games for Chelsea, while Loftus-Cheek scored a hat-trick in the UEFA Europa League last month.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s too early for these questions. I am here and very happy,” Kovacic said when asked about his long-term future.“[Playing regularly] is good. I’m a little bit tired. I was not used to playing every three or four games and here it is very tough football.”“You can’t relax against anybody so it’s a little bit difficult but I really enjoy it. We have a great team, great fans and the city is nice. I like it a lot here.”Kovacic will be hoping to retain his place in the Chelsea lineup when Crystal Palace visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday.