BUNGLING Chelsea appear to have revealed Mateo Kovacic’s permanent move from Real Madrid – before the midfielder’s £40million switch has been officially confirmed.
The red-faced Blues even quoted the Croatian’s “amazing feeling” on completing the deal to “stay here” as they devoted a whole page and an interview on their app to his arrival.
2 Chelsea appeared to let the cat out of the bag over loan star Mateo Kovacic joining permanently from Real MadridCredit: PA:Empics Sport
2 How Chelsea seemed to make a premature announcement over signing Mateo Kovacic
Kovacic, 25, faced an uncertain summer after impressing then-boss Maurizio Sarri last season, only for the Italian to take over Juventus.
But in the past fortnight it became clear Chelsea were still keen on keeping the former Inter Milan raider, reportedly for around £40million.
And now it seems the Blues have failed to contain their eagerness to tie up the transfer – with full-on coverage of his capture.
Chelsea quickly took the articles down – but not before they had been spotted online.
In one piece – headlined “First feeling when you signed for Chelsea” – the 2018 World Cup finalist expressed his delight at the move.
Kovacic is reported as saying: “It was an amazing feeling to sign for Chelsea, first on loan and now permanently.
“It is a fantastic club, with great team-mates and we play a good style of football.
“I am very proud to be staying here and very proud to be a Chelsea player”.
Yet for the past week Frank Lampard, not Kovacic, has been the name Blues fans have been twitching to check for on their phones and apps.
Stamford Bridge legend and current Derby chief Lampard is edging ever closer to a return – as Sarri’s replacement.
But now it appears supporters might have to wait a few more days.
Lamps’ fast-track appointment to the managerial job he has dreamed of might be delayed until the Blues report back for pre-season training next Friday.
Frank Lampard to return to Derby to begin preparing for next season as Chelsea talks continue