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Mateo Kovacic completes £30m transfer from Chelsea to Man City



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Mateo Kovacic has joined Manchester City on a four-year contract in a deal worth around £30 million from Chelsea.

The 29-year-old leaves Chelsea after five years at the club, having originally joined on loan for the 2018/19 campaign. Kovacic went on to make 221 appearances for the Blues.

Man City have completed a deal worth £25 million plus £5 million in add-ons for the Croatia international, who won the Europa League, Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time in west London.

With a year left on his deal at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea and Kovacic have made the decision to part ways and he heads north to join Pep Guardiola’s Treble winners.

 “This is a brilliant move for me, and I cannot wait to get started with City,” Kovacic said.

“Anyone who has watched this team under Pep knows how good they are – for me, they are  the best in the world. The trophies they have won are clear for all to see, but they are also the best footballing side out there. 

“To be joining this squad really is a dream for any footballer. I still have plenty of learning and  developing to do, and I know under Pep’s management I can become a better player, which  is really exciting for me. 

“My plan now is to rest for a few weeks before coming back to Manchester to prepare for the  new season. I want to help this club stay at the top and win more trophies.”