Croatia international Mateo Kovacic has joined Chelsea on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
The Blues announced the deal on Wednesday, contingent on Thibaut Courtois’ move to Real.
And Chelsea confirmed Kovacic had completed his move to Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
The 24-year-old former Dinamo Zagreb and Inter Milan midfielder said on Chelsea’s official website: “I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club.
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“It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are very happy to welcome Mateo to the Chelsea family. He is a perfect fit for us this season, his style is well suited to how Maurizio (Sarri, the head coach) wants to play and we are sure he will prove to be a valuable asset for the club.”