Mateo Kovacic wants to win Champions League trophy as “a big gift for” key Chelsea teammate

Mateo Kovacic said Thiago Silva deserves to win the Champions League as he compared the Chelsea defender with his former Inter Milan teammate Javier Zanetti.

Throughout his career, Kovacic has played with high-level players at several top clubs, such as Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Among them is Silva who joined Chelsea last summer and has become an influential figure in the team.

The Brazil international, however, is not the first veteran defender that Kovacic has played

“They’re similar. Zanetti was a bit older, he was 40 when I played with him, but they’re both big, big professionals, so experienced,” Kovacic told Chelsea TV about the comparison between Silva and the Inter Milan icon.

“When you see them play, they’re so calm on the ball, especially Thiago at the back. Two big, big players.

“I think Thiago hasn’t won the Champions League, and he deserves [to win it] as a player because he’s done amazing in his career.

“So I hope, this could be a big gift for him and for his career.”

Silva was very close to Champions League glory with Paris Saint-Germain last season after the defeat to Bayern Munich in the final.

Thomas Tuchel to be handed huge transfer warchest in summer

Reports in England claim that Chelsea are planning to hand their manager Thomas Tuchel a £150million transfer warchest for summer recruitments of players.

The Blues board are delighted with the job the German has done since he arrived in January.

Chelsea have serious money to spend this summer as they continue their bid to get back to the top of the Prem.

A proven goalscorer is seen as a huge priority, with Olivier Giroud, 34, and 23-year-old Tammy Abraham likely to be surplus to requirements.

The Stamford Bridge outfit have been monitoring Erling Haaland’s situation at Borussia Dortmund and also keeping a close eye on their former striker Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan.

Pep Guardiola identifies Premier League manager who inspires him

Pep Guardiola admitted that his big rival Jurgen Klopp inspires him and makes him a better manager.

The Manchester City boss was delighted to get a message of congratulations from the Liverpool boss after his team clinched the title on Tuesday.

He also got one from Carlo Ancelotti at Everton as the Premier League trophy headed for the Etihad for a third time in four years.

Guardiola said: “I appreciate it a lot. He and Carlo Ancelotti did it. I could not answer the messages yet but I will do. I admire both of them.

“Jurgen, of course, was an inspiration for me. He made me, through his teams at Dortmund and Liverpool, a better manager.

“He made me think a lot about games and opponents. So thank you so much.”