As a result of a desperate season, Chelsea decided to sell a large number of players and completely remake the team in order to turn the situation around. Koulibaly and Ngolo Kante have left the club, and Mateo Kovacic's transfer has been officially confirmed today as well.
The Croatian will be Manchester City's new reinforcement. In the aftermath of signing for Manchester City, Kovacic confirmed he had realized his dream, given the fact that the team is at present one of the strongest in Europe.
“This is a brilliant move for me, and I cannot wait to get started with City,” Kovacic said,as quoted by eurosport.com
“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."
Mateo Kovacic and Pep Guardiola
Having spent a few great seasons in London, Kovacic decided it was time to take on a new challenge and moved on.
As a Manchester City player, he will get everything he needs, and he will get a coach who can help him develop even further. Clearly, Guardiola has serious plans, and it seems that the Croatian is definitely part of those plans.
“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”. There are several other players who are being linked to Manchester City as well. Achieving three major trophies as a coach, Guardiola knows that it is important to remain focused after that. The fact is that he wants this season to be repeated.