The 20-year-old has appeared in all 12 matches for the Nerazurri this season, scoring two goals and providing one other in the process. After winning rave reviews for his performances, the reported interest from Arsenal and Chelsea came as no shock, with Mancini remarking: 'That's what happens to all good players.'
''I'm not surprised he has received offers,'' Mancini was quoted as saying in Goal. ''That happens to all good players.
''We're lucky to have him here with us. We need to help him fulfil his potential so that he can really make a difference in the years to come.''
According to recent reports by talkSPORT, Inter Milan have tried to entice the influential 20-year-old into signing a new deal to fend off suitors but, as of this moment in time, have yet to convince him.
''It's still early to talk about that, as I have a contract for a few years yet, Kovacic was quoted with saying by talkSPORT.
''The renewal is a long way away, then we'll talk it over and see,''
With three years still to run on his current deal, it is no surprise the Croatian international is in no rush to sign a new deal but is it because he is waiting for a better offer or another team?
It's inconceivable that a player would turn down a big contract when he is truly happy and committed to the cause. So the questions over his motive of holding off on contract talks may be pressed as the intensity in the interest rises.
At just 20 years of age, Kovacic has quickly become recognised as one of the brightest talents in the game. Since making his international debut last year, the starlet has gone to win 19 caps in quick succession and officially made his 100th league appearance in his last game.
He is undoubtedly a good young player with great pedigree, who will surely have his pick of the clubs if, or when, he decides to leave Inter Milan.