Maurizio Sarri has reiterated his and the club’s interest in signing Mateo Kovacic permanently from Real Madrid in the summer.
When quizzed about the same, the Italian said:
“No, I want to try with Kovacic. He is only on loan, of course, but I’d like very much that Kovacic will stay with us.
“You know very well that, in that position, we have some problems because we have only Jorginho.
“In my opinion, Kovacic could become a very good central midfielder.
“Of course, he is not a defensive midfielder [at the moment] but, as you know, in that position I prefer a very technical player.
“In the last match, Jorginho touched 161 balls.
“So, for us, it’s very important for us to have big quality in that position.
“Big quality not for the last pass, but big quality in terms of moving the ball.”