Mateo Kovacic's chances of returning to Real Madrid are increasingly slim, with Chelsea holding a 'clear advantage' in completing a permanent transfer for the on-loan midfielder amidst rival interest from Tottenham.


The Croatia international made it clear during the summer that he wanted to leave the Santiago Bernabeu and was granted a season-long deal to join Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea.

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While the Blues do not have an option to make the move permanent as part of the deal, Spanish publication ​AS have reported that the 24-year-old will not be heading back to Real Madrid next year.


It has been revealed that the 13-time European champions are 'disgusted' over the attitude displayed by ​Kovacic during the summer saga and are willing to sanction a transfer away for the midfielder.

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The report adds that Sarri's side have a 'clear advantage' in the race to sign the Croatian, with Kovacic himself acknowledging he 'likes the idea' of joining his current side on a permanent basis.


Premier League rivals ​Spurs are also said to be keeping tabs over the former Inter midfielder, but ​Chelsea's recent relationship with Madrid is claimed to have put them in pole position.


In the last two seasons, the Blues have signed ​Alvaro Morata from the ​La Liga giants whilst Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois headed in the opposite direction earlier this summer. 


Santiago Solari's side paid in the region of €35m to prise Kovacic away from the San Siro in 2015, and it has been suggested Los Blancos are looking for a higher fee than what they originally parted with to let the midfielder leave.