Blues legend warns Chelsea against signing £42m midfielder

ex-Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank has urged his former side not to sign Mateo Kovacic who is on loan from Real Madrid permanently.

Hasselbank believes that the Croatian hasn’t fulfilled his true potential in the Chelsea Blue and the club should look for a more attack-minded midfielder in the summer.

‘I don’t think Chelsea should pursue Kovacic,’ Hasselbaink told Bwin.

‘I think he was signed as a way to get better value from the deal that saw Courtois go to Real Madrid, but he hasn’t been used correctly at Chelsea.

‘Kovacic is a defensive midfielder and that is where he performed best at Real Madrid, but Chelsea are already blessed with Jorginho and Kante in that role.

‘Chelsea need a midfielder who has creativity and can split defences with a final pass, who can set up strikers and achieve assists, but this is not Kovacic’s strengths.’

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