Real Madrid presents new midfielder Kovacic at Bernabeu

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 19, 2015 10:32 PM
Real Madrid presents new midfielder Kovacic at Bernabeu
Real Madrid's new soccer player Mateo Kovacic, right, poses with club President Florentino Perez during his official presentation to the media at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Kovacic, who played before in Italian Inter Milan team, has signed a contract for six seasons. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid officially presented new midfielder Mateo Kovacic to fans at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium Wednesday.

President Florentino Perez said that although the 21-year-old Kovacic is young, he is experienced and possesses great talent.

Perez said Kovacic was the fifth Croat to join Madrid, where countryman Luka Modric is a midfielder.

Kovacic thanked Madrid for its support, adding "Hala Madrid," before posing alongside his parents, sister and girlfriend with his No. 16 shirt.

Earlier, the player passed a medical examination and signed a contract, the club said.

Madrid acquired Kovacic from Inter Milan on Tuesday in a bid to bolster its already talent-filled midfield, with the Spanish league season about to start.

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