Chelsea Close To Completing Kovacic Loan Transfer From Madrid

Arnold Nichols
August 8, 2018

But Julen Lopetegui was firm in saying that Modric is staying with Real Madrid and going nowhere this summer.

'I think we need something, but maybe only a player, ' Sarri said. However, the player's determination to move on has merely hardened in the intervening period, and he has made that clear to the club since returning for pre-season training on Sunday.

"I understand the situation, but because of that I believe the best thing for me would be to go to another club where I'd have the opportunity to play regularly as a starter".

"We will see him when we get back [to Spain] on August 8 and we'll see if he is available on the 15th in our first key match".

"But I hope this will happen because I would like to face him".

"If he leaves, we will have to look for a player of his level, because we want a balanced team".

In the Croatian's absence, Madrid beat Juventus 3-1 on Saturday thanks to a goal from Gareth Bale and two from Marco Asensio.

Lopetegui was asked if he had talked to Modric after his extraordinary World Cup, as the Croatian star led his country to the final where they ultimately fell to France.

Italy global Jorginho is the only big name signing at Chelsea since Sarri's arrival as manager after his £57m move from Napoli, with the doubts over the future of a host of star names lingering ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline.

The midfielder, who returned from holiday on Monday after Croatia's World Cup campaign, is now training with Madrid's Castilla side.

Kovacic has won one La Liga title and three Champions League crowns during his time at the Bernabeu.

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