After a superb individual performance against Barcelona in the International Champions Cup, Mateo Kovacic has given coach Zinedine Zidane a selection headache.
Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro are first-choice for Real Madrid ‘s midfield, and it was expected that the Croatian would fight with Marcos Llorente, Isco, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.
However, the picture is more complicated now thanks to Kovacic’s continued excellence.
He was one of the most outstanding players against the Catalans and opened the scoring for them.
The huge competition in midfield led to the youngster thinking about a possible exit, but Zidane trusts him.
He remains convinced of the Croatian’s promise and how much he can give him in across a long, hard season.
At the moment, Kovacic continues doing his job, returning the trust put in him and taking advantage of the minutes that he’s being given.