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Julen Lopetegui confirms Mateo Kovacic wants to leave Real Madrid

Lopetegui confirms Kovacic wants to leave
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Julen Lopetegui says that he is reluctant to offload Mateo Kovacic, despite the midfielder wanting out of Real Madrid.

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has admitted that he is 'looking to find a solution' after being informed that Mateo Kovacic still wants to leave the club.

The Croatia international revealed during the World Cup that he would seek a move away from the Bernabeu this summer as more than half of his appearances over the past three seasons have come from the bench.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with Kovacic over the past few days, with an initial loan move being touted, and Lopetegui concedes that he may be forced to delve back into the transfer market if he loses the central midfielder.

"There's nothing 100% certain," he told reporters. "Mateo has said he wants to leave, I've said he is an important player. If he wants to leave, we'll look to find solutions.

"Obviously if Mateo does leave, we'd look for players of his level. We need to have a balanced team and he's an important player."

Lopetegui, meanwhile, insisted that there was no update to give on Luka Modric, who will not be allowed to leave the Spanish capital this summer.


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