£150k-a-week midfielder has made decision about signing up with Chelsea

Alan Hutton has suggested Mateo Kovacic won’t want to sign a new contract at CHELSEA.

Chelsea have been one of the most active sides in the transfer windows over the last few seasons – and there are alot of changes going on in the club – with a new board – and possibly a new manager.

Graham Potter has been given the task of getting the club back to the very top of the game – but so far he has been unable to get the very best out one of the most expensive sides in the Premier League.

Kovacic, 28, has entered the final 18 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge and is free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs in January 2024. Chelsea do not want to lose the man, but there is a feeling that he is ready to depart the club.

When asked if Kovacic fits in to Potter’s team moving forward, Hutton told Football Insider: “Obviously only Graham Potter will know but they have got so many options within the midfield.

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“This is the problems we are talking about, how do you pick a starting XI and keep everybody happy?

“Of course he is a fantastic footballer but if these guys are not going to get the minutes, they will not want to play. Why would you want to sign a new contract?

“Even the likes of N’Golo Kante just coming back, they are talking about giving him a new contract. They spent £107million on a midfielder to come in and play that role.

“Something has to give. Whether they offer new contracts or not, some massive decisions have to be made by Potter and the backroom staff.“

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Kovacic is a very gifted player that will have many options if he comes onto the market – so we would not be surprised to see him leave.

This CHELSEA is a working project and may need some time before they are winning the Premier League and Champions League again – and at 28 years of age – Kovacic knows he does not have too many more seasons at the top of the game that is for sure

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