Alvaro Morata knows Mateo Kovacic well, and the Spaniard has been discussing our new midfielder’s qualities…
Morata and Kovacic were team-mates - and friends – at Real Madrid, and after the striker swapped the Bernabeu for Stamford Bridge a year ago, Kovacic has now followed the same path.
The two players enjoyed huge success in the Spanish capital, and Morata tells the club’s official website what Chelsea supporters can expect from Kovacic
‘Mateo, first of all, is an amazing person,’ he says. ‘He is a midfielder who is good with the ball, very technical. He can break through the lines with his quality, he can score goals and he has a lot of power in his legs.
‘With him we will win a lot of possession and he has the ability to carry the ball into the final third and provide passes for the strikers. He’s a very good player which is very important for us because we need top players.’
Morata hopes he will benefit from having Kovacic as a team-mate once again.
‘Yes, he gave me a lot of assists in Madrid,’ he says. ‘We enjoy playing together and I’m very happy to have him here. I think he’s one of the best midfielders in the world.
‘I always try to help the new signings settle in, I remember when I first came here my team-mates helped me, and now it’s time for me to do the same.’
- You can read what Kovacic had to say in his first interview as a Chelsea player by clicking here.