Mateo-Kovacic Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez has praised Croatian international Mateo Kovacic, After completing his signing from Inter Milan.

Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez lauded new signing Mateo Kovacic as much-needed depth and “quality” for his club.

Kovacic, 21, completed his move from Inter to Real on Tuesday in a deal reportedly worth €30million.

Speaking after his side overcame Galatasaray 2-1, Benitez said the Croatia international was an important signing.

Benitez said Kovacic would also provide cover for his countryman Luka Modric, who was sidelined with a thigh injury for three months last season.

 


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