Real Madrid slumped to a 5-1 defeat to arch-rivals Barcelona on Sunday, meanwhile Chelsea won 4-0 away at Burnley, with on-loan Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic pulling the strings in Maurizio Sarri’s in-form Blues.

However, a change of management looks to be on the horizon in the Spanish capital and talk around the future of Mateo Kovacic beyond next summer has started to bubble up, but the Croatian international has calmed questions on his future;

It’s too early for these questions, I am here and very happy”, Kovacic told a report in the Evening Standard.

The 24-year old has established himself as one of the first names on the Chelsea team sheet, and in 11 appearances overall for the Blues this season has yet to taste defeat.

Playing regularly has been a change of pace for Kovacic who played in 21 La Liga games for Real Madrid last season, however only four of them were for the full 90 minutes.

[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.”

The early indications this season would point to Maurizio Sarri liking his on-loan midfielder and it would seem only natural that the Italian and the club will look to do a deal next summer to bring Kovacic in on a permanent deal. While Blues fans will be glad to hear that the Croat who has three Champions League winner medals to his name is enjoying life in the English capital;

I go around and I enjoy the city – it’s huge and I haven’t seen enough of it yet. I’m looking forward to getting to know it more. I’m enjoying it. What’s the most interesting thing I’ve seen so far? The stadium.

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