Chelsea wonderkid Pasalic left out of Croatia World Cup squad

Croatia Football Team June 2013

Chelsea bound starlet Mario Pasalic has been cut from the Croatia squad ahead of the official squad announcements tomorrow.

This summer will see Croatian wonderkid Mario Pasalic officially become a Chelsea player. The Hajduk Split midfielder, compared Michael Ballack in playing style, agreed a move to The Blues in January - which will become official when the transfer window reopens on July 1st.

And Chelsea are obviously excited about what looks an inspired signature. Pasalic has been in incredible form for Hajduk this season - which was recently rewarded with a shock call-up to the provisional Croatian national team ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Niko Kovac decided to give him the call and yesterday he was expected to make his debut against Mali in an international friendly.

Unfortunately he never made it on to the pitch, which left many wondering if he was in Kovac's plans for the summer. The answer to that question is now clear, as Pasalic will unfortunately have to watch Croatia from home.

He has not been named in Croatia's final 23-man squad for Brazil 2014 - so the future Chelsea star will be occupying his time in other ways this summer.

Kovac has left him Igor Bubnjic and Duje Cop out of the squad along with the injured Ivan Strnic, Niko Krancjar, Ivo Ilcevic and Milan Badelj - injured players who looked like giving Pasalic a genuine shot at making the final cut.

Instead he has gone with the likes of Luka Modrc, Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic and surprise inclusion Ivan Mocinic to fulfill central midfield duties this summer.

Chelsea fans will surely be gutted that they won't get chance to see him in action this summer. He is expected to be loaned out next season, with Italian teams extra keen on bringing him in.

But Pasalic need not worry. It would still seem only a matter of time before he makes his international debut.

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