Marca: Kovacic's future depends on Chelsea's transfer ban
- The Blues want to keep Kovacic who is eager to stay at Stamford Bridge as well.
- However, Chelsea have been banned by FIFA from transfer activity for the next two windows.
- They have lodged an appeal and the decision will be announced in the weeks to come.
- If the punishment is lifted, Sarri's side might negotiate a permanent deal for the Croat.
Chelsea have been banned from any transfer activity for the next two transfer windows for breaking the rules regarding the signings of players under the age of 18. The Blues have filed an application to the FIFA Appeals Commission which asks for a temporary ruling that could allow them to sign new players when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
The organization's decision will be announced in the coming weeks. If the appeal doesn't go through, Chelsea will certainly make another request - this time, to the Court of Arbitration of Sport. Thus, Real Madrid's loanee Mateo Kovacic is a dependent man in this case and, pretty much as both clubs, has to wait for the organization's verdict to define his next career step.
Kovacic joined Chelsea in the summer of 2018 on a season-long loan as part of the deal that saw Thibaut Courtois move to Santiago Bernabeu. The Croat has been enjoying his spell under Maurizio Sarri and has not concealed his desire to stay at Chelsea on a permanent basis.
The 24-year-old has been a regular player under the Italian specialist. Kovacic has played 42 games for the Blues across all competitions so far and registered 2 assists.
Clearly delighted at the midfielder's impact, Sarri himself also would like to keep the Croatia international: "I want to try with Kovacic. He is only on loan, of course. I'd like very much that Kovacic will stay with us."