According to reports, Chelsea are keen on open contract talks with Mateo Kovacic after the World Cup.
Kovacic, who has less than 18 months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, has been a key player for the Blues since his arrival from Real Madrid in 2019 after signing a five-year deal.
The 28-year-old who is currently away on Croatia national team for the World Cup in Qatar, has seen fewer games this season due to a knee injury he suffered in the early stages of the season.
“He’s been nursing his knee all season pretty much and you look at the schedule, it’s impossible for him to start all the games,” Potter told reporters in October. “We’ve planned for him to have less time but things have conspired against us.”
Kovacic started on the bench for Chelsea in their 1-1 home draw against Manchester United in October, but he was introduced to the starting XI against RB Salzburg where he scored the opening goal, but he was forced off in the 68th minute of the game with a tight calf.
After the Champions League game, Potter was asked about the midfielder’s fitness, he said: “There was a bit of tightness [in his calf]. Hopefully, it is not too bad.”
However, according to the Evening Standard, Chelsea are ready to renew Kovacic contract once returned from the World Cup as he is viewed as key part of their plans moving forward.
In other news, Chelsea playmaker Hakim Ziyech has emerged as a transfer target for Serie A side AC Milan as they open talks with the Morocco international.