Mateo Kovacic bid farewell to Chelsea Football Club after a five-year tenure, as he completed a permanent transfer to reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City.
The Croatian sensation who is known for his technical and tactical leaves Stamford Bridge with a remarkable legacy.
During his time at Chelsea, Kovacic showcased his exceptional skills in 221 appearances, leaving a mark on the Blues’ history.
He played a crucial part in securing several prestigious titles, including the coveted UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.
Supporters recognized his exceptional performances by naming him the Player of the Year at the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign.
Furthermore, his remarkable volley against Liverpool earned him the prestigious Goal of the Season award in 2022, a testament to his innate ability to produce moments of sheer brilliance.
Kovacic’s Move from Real Madrid
Kovacic’s journey with Chelsea began in the summer of 2018 when he joined the club on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Impressed by his remarkable performances, the Blues made his move permanent ahead of the 2019/20 season.
His wealth of experience proved invaluable as Chelsea secured a fourth-place finish in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup final.
Champions League and Super Cup Win
The following season witnessed the pinnacle of Kovacic’s Chelsea career, as the team lifted their second UEFA Champions League trophy.
In the final showdown against Manchester City in Porto, the Croatian aided his team in topple Pep Guardiola’s team.
Chelsea’s European glory propelled them to compete in the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup during the 2021/22 season.
Kovacic’s invaluable contributions were evident as he started in the triumph against Villarreal in Belfast, followed by instrumental displays in Abu Dhabi against Al-Hilal and Palmeiras.
The team’s victorious campaigns added two more trophies to their illustrious cabinet.
Last season, Kovacic achieved yet another significant milestone, surpassing the 200-appearance mark for Chelsea.
Moreover, his international career soared to new heights as he represented Croatia on the global stage, earning 47 of his 93 caps while wearing the Chelsea colours.