I’ve been made to feel at home – Mateo Kovacic

I’ve been made to feel at home – Mateo Kovacic


Real Madrid’s major summer signing Mateo Kovacic has said he’s been made to feel at home by the rest of the squad and has settled in quickly.

Some could forgive the 20-year-old former Inter Milan holding midfielder if he felt nervous walking into the dressing room at the Santiago Bernabeu only to be surrounded by plenty of world class stars.

But speaking to Sportske Novosti, the Croatian international said he’s been blown away by how helpful and friendly his team mates have been.

He stated: “Modric introduced me to all the guys in the Real team and they are great, big stars, but yet so simple. Ronaldo first approached me in the locker room and started to make jokes in Italian! And after that he explained to me what kind of pressure Real players face. He is very funny, likes to joke, and of course he enjoys a special status, he is the best player in the world!”

He also revealed his favourite position is holding down the midfield and took a swipe at his old side for playing him out of position.

“I prefer playing as holding midfielder. I’ve played an an offensive midfielder and a left winger – it was not bad, because now I know how to play those too. But, I believe Inter made a mistake with me, moving me and changing my natural position. And that is what Luka and Kroos play at Madrid and Iniesta at Barcelona,” he commented.