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.