Liverpool and Man United linked Mateo Kovacic signs new Inter deal

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The Croatian playmaker has been reported as a Premier League target but has extended his stay with Roberto Mancini’s men.

It has been a positive 2015 for Inter Milan thusfar, with the loan additions of international stars Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri bolstering Roberto Mancini’s squad.

The duo’s arrival has been boosted by the news that talented playmaker Mateo Kovacic has signed a new contract with the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza club.

The Express claimed back in December that the Croatia international was a target for both Liverpool and Manchester United, but the eastern European midfielder has extended his Inter deal until 2019.

Kovacic has revealed his delight at signing a new Nerazzurri deal and stated that he is hoping to play a part in a successful 2015 for the Milan-based club.

"I'd like to thank the president and club for the chance to play here,” inter.it report him as saying.

“I'm delighted and hope to keep moving the club forward. I'm very pleased about my new contract and I hope we can get Inter back to the same levels as 2010."

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Both managing director Marco Fassone and head coach Roberto Mancini also spoke highly of the 20-year-old and expressed their pleasure at his new deal.

Kovacic made his breakthrough at Dinamo Zagreb but moved to Italy in 2013 after impressing Inter scouts.

He has started 16 Serie A games for the club this season, scoring four goals, but will be unavailable for this weekend’s clash with Genoa due to being sent off against Juventus last time out.

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