“It was really special” – Chelsea midfielder talks about his career highlights

It’s the international break, so the Chelsea website is having to dig a little deeper for good stories on the website.

One thing they managed was an interesting interview with Mateo Kovacic, the on loan Real Madrid midfielder who talks about the early stages of his footballing life.

It certainly beats them linking us with players in their ever-unpopular “media watch” section.

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It’s actually a really touching story, talking about his beginnings in Linz in Austria, through his time at Dinamo Zagreb and then onwards.

One of the most sweet moments is talking about his senior debut for Dinamo Zagreb. The Croat takes up the story:

“My senior debut for Dinamo Zagreb was really special. It was a long time ago now! I scored in this game. It was a day to remember. My father was the happiest person because he suffered a lot when I was injured, and this goal was for him. I think he is now the proudest dad in the world,” he says. Well isn’t that just charming!

Unfortunately, given the transfer ban that’s been handed to us, it seems we won’t be able to sign him permanently this summer. So the Croat will be on the move again.

Still, at least he left us with these nice stories to remember him by right? And maybe a goal too? Although given he’s past 100 matches without one, that hardly seems too likely.