Real Madrid’s official statement regarding transfer rumors for star player

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Real Madrid have confirmed several offers arrived for young midfielder Mateo Kovacic during the summer but deny they’re looking to sell the Croat in January.

Club director Angel Sanchez spoke to Sportske Novosti (h/t Football Italia) regarding persistent rumours involving the former Inter Milan man, and he made it clear Kovacic will not be sold.

He also denied reports one of the offers came from Serie A giants AC Milan:

“He is not for sale and we will not sell.

“If an offer were to come in during January, we would reject it out of hand. It’s true that we received several offers over the summer for Kovacic, but none of them were from Milan.

“He is an intelligent lad and he knows perfectly well that he’d be a regular starter in any of the clubs who asked after him, but he is just as sure that we’re focusing on him for the immediate future.”

Real Madrid’s midfielder from Croatia Mateo Kovacic (L) vies with APOEL Nicosia’s midfielder from Hungary Roland Sallai during the UEFA Champions League football match Real Madrid CF vs APOEL FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 13,

The 23-year-old made a shock move to the Spanish capital in 2015 after a difficult spell with Inter, and many wondered why Los Blancos believed he had any chance of breaking into the team.

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Kovacic had flashed tons of talent in Italy but struggled with consistency, and he needed time to find his footing in Madrid. He enjoyed a solid 2016-17 campaign, however, earning more playing time as the season went on and impressing whenever he got the chance.

He was a regular part of the rotation at the start of this season, with starts in the Supercopa de Espana and appearances in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga until he suffered a serious injury in September, per Goal’s Patrick Gleeson.

But speculation started to surface during his absence, as Real dealt with his injury and found other contributors. The regular midfield trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric has been a mainstay, Isco and Marco Asensio have become stars just ahead of them on the pitch and Dani Ceballos has also flashed his talent in limited minutes.

Ceballos and Kovacic were expected to be competitors for playing time this season, and while the Croat is ahead in his development, he’ll need time to regain his form and get back to his best.

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