Croatian international midfielder Mateo Kovacic has agreed to terms on a contract extension with Italian Serie A club Inter Milan. The new deal sees him under contract until June of 2019. The 20-year-old joined Inter two years ago after leaving Dinamo Zagreb in his home land. He’s made over 60 appearances in Serie A with Inter since joining and has seven goals to his name so far this season in all competitions. However, he’ll be sitting on the sidelines for the next few games as he was given a straight red card in Inter’s 1-1 draw against Juventus last week for a dangerous tackle on Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Kovacic was happy with the new contract and told the media, “I thank the president and the club for the opportunity. They are beautiful things and we hope to continue on this path. I am very happy for the renewal.” Manager Roberto Mancini was also pleased that Kovacic accepted the offer on a new deal and believes the player has a great future ahead of him. Mancini stated, “It’s a great investment by Inter. I think he can improve a lot. Mateo Kovacic can become a great midfielder and we’re happy to have him here.”
Kovacic began his professional football career at the age of just 16 with Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia. He won two straight league championships with the team before moving to Inter in 2013. Kovacic made his senior international debut with Croatia in 2013 and played for his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He has played 19 matches for Croatia, but has yet to score. Kovacic also represented his nation at the Under-14, 15, 17, 19, and 21 levels. At the time of re-signing with Inter Milan Kovacic had a total of 16 goals in 147 career club contests.