Kovacic’s relative success at Chelsea so far may tempt him to press for a long-term move to the Premier League but when asked about the possibility the former Inter Milan man held his cards close to his chest.

‘It’s too early for these questions, I am here and very happy,’ Kovacic told the Evening Standard when asked about his future. ‘[Playing regularly] is good, I’m a little bit tired.

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‘You can’t relax against anybody so it’s a little bit difficult but I really enjoy it. We have a great team, great fans and the city is nice. I like it a lot here.

‘I go around and I enjoy the city — it’s huge and I haven’t seen enough of it yet. I’m looking forward to getting to know it more. I’m enjoying it. What’s the most interesting thing I’ve seen so far? The stadium.

‘I don’t do anything special. I spend a lot of time in Cobham because I need to prepare myself for training and every game but after that I go home and enjoy time with my wife.

‘Nothing special, we go for dinner, we live in the city so we are walking a lot. My family enjoys the city and that’s the most important thing for me in the end.

’ Kovacic arrived at Chelsea as part of the agreement which saw Thibaut Courtois sign for Real Madrid on a permanent basis.