Kovacic: I want to stay at Inter

The 20-year-old midfielder has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid but the Croatia international insists he has no intention of parting company with the Nerazzurri

Mateo Kovacic says that while he is flattered by the interest of Europe’s elite, he would like to extend his current contract with Inter.

The Croatia international has established himself as one of the game’s most exciting young talents since joining the Nerazzurri from Dinamo Zagreb for a reported €15 million in January 2013.

The 20-year-old’s impressive form has reportedly attracted the interest of Real Madrid, among others, but Kovacic has no desire to leave San Siro.

“Inter are a great club, with a new coach [Roberto Mancini] and a new project,” he told reporters at a promotional event.

“I’m glad that other clubs are looking at me: it proves that I have improved in recent years.

“But I’m happy at Inter. I’ve always felt good here and I want to help the team.

“We are talk about my contract and things are going in the right direction.

“I would like to extend my contract. It is looking good and we still have plenty of time to sort it all out this season.”

Meanwhile, Kovacic says new boss Mancini needs to be given time to kick-start Inter’s stuttering season, having only replaced Walter Mazzarri at the helm during last month’s international break.

“We cannot change everything in two weeks,” the playmaker reasoned. “But the first thing he said to us was: ‘We are Inter and we have to always show that’.”

Kovacic, who has already been capped 19 times by his country, has scored five goals in 17 appearances in all competitions so far this term.

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