Chelsea have signed midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, on a permanent five-year deal from Real Madrid, the clubs have announced on Monday.
The Blues have been permitted to sign the Croatian despite their transfer ban because he was still registered to the club until the end of June following his loan spell.
“I really enjoyed my season on loan with Chelsea, I feel comfortable at the club and like London and the Premier League very much. I am very happy to be able to join permanently.
“We had a successful year, winning the Europa League and I hope I can make a big contribution in the coming seasons,” Kovacic said.
Kovacic was very impressive in his debut season in England, as he made appearances and helped Chelsea achieve Europa League glory.