Mateo Kovačić is nearing a return to club training following his involvement in the European Championships.

Kovacic suffered a disappointing exit as Croatia were eliminated by Spain in the Round of 16 stage.

After racking up 42 appearances across all competitions for the Blues, Kovačić is set to return to Cobham as the Croatia international looks to get up to speed with the rest of the squad.

The former Real Madrid man took to Twitter on Wednesday, saying: “Last few days of vacation before pre-season begins.”

Thomas Tuchel has welcomed a series of first-team stars back at training, such as Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi etc.

However, Chelsea boss is still expecting the arrival of more senior stars, who are currently on holiday following their involvement in the international duties.

Kovačić played a key role in Chelsea’s Champions League winning run last term, and he was often positioned in the middle of the park ever since Tuchel was appointed Blues boss.

Despite competing with N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho in central midfield, the Croatian emerged as a crucial first-team player, especially towards the business end of the 2021/22 season.

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