Chelsea have completed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan after Thibaut Courtois moving to the opposite side.

The 24-year-old moves to the West London side after three seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu as he joined the side in 2015 from Inter Milan.

The Croatia international, who played five games during Croatia’s run to the World Cup final this summer, joins the Stamford Bridge side looking for regular first-team football.

“I am really happy and excited to be here. It is an amazing feeling,” Kovacic told Chelsea’s website.

“I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough. But I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “He is a perfect fit for us this season, his style is well suited to how Maurizio wants to play. And we are sure he will prove to be a valuable asset for the club.”

Kovacic, who is the second-youngest player to have ever scored in the Champions League, has won three European trophies with the Los Blancos.

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