With just 37 La Liga starts for Real Madrid since signing back in 2015 Mateo Kovacic is reportedly considering his future at the European champions. The midfielder will likely seek reassurances on his future once Croatia’s World Cup bid has concluded, from the new Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui.

However, talkSPORT state that both Chelsea and London rivals Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Madrid regarding the availability of Kovacic, knowing that his frustrations around first team football could open the door to a London move.

The report does suggest that Real Madrid are more interested in keeping the Croatian, rather than selling him to a European rival – however if the new incoming expected materialise at the Bernabeu, it could be that they will have no choice but to sell in order to free up space and funds.

The 24-year old is a seasoned midfielder with over 40 caps for his country, chipping in with an assist in his four appearances so far at the World Cup. Chelsea will be aware though that his price-tag could increase should he be lifting the World Cup trophy on July 15th.

Impressively Kovacic has thirteens winners medals during his time at Real Madrid and back in his homeland with Dinamo Zagreb, including two Croatian league championships and three Champions League title wins with Madrid.

No doubt Kovacic is a player with immense ability and most importantly – a winning mentality which will excite Blues fans. The question is will the Europa League be a hindrance to Chelsea’s chances of signing Kovacic, compared to Champions League football on-offer at Spurs.