Kovacic sets sights on Scudetto after signing new Inter contract

The Croatia midfielder has extended his stay with the club until 2019 and is eager to play alongside their new signings and take the Nerazzurri back to the top

Mateo Kovacic has set his sights on a Serie A title challenge after signing a new contract with Inter.

The Croatia international moved to the Serie A outfit from Dinamo Zagreb two years ago and has since made 62 league appearances in the Italian top flight, establishing himself as one of the division’s stand-out young talents.

Inter announced on Friday that the player has agreed a new contract until 2019, quashing speculation over a potential exit, with Real Madrid reportedly keeping tabs on the 20-year-old.

Kovacic has now targeted a return to Inter’s treble-winning glory days of 2010 and is eager to join new signings Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri on the pitch once his current suspension expires.

“I’d like to thank the president and club for the chance to play here. I’m delighted and hope to keep moving the club forward. I’m very pleased about my new contract and I hope we can get Inter back to the same levels as 2010,” he told the club’s official website.

“[Our aim is] first third place, then for the Scudetto.

“Podolski has made a good start and Shaqiri won the treble with Bayern Munich. If I can help Xherdan, I will, but he’s a great player and doesn’t need us. We can aim for third place with our two new signings.”

Head coach Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, believes the 20-year-old can go on to achieve great things at Inter.

“Inter are investing in the future with this deal and I believe he has huge potential. We’re very happy to have him here.”

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