Rising Talent: Mateo Kovacic

The Youth Radar

Dinamo Zagreb possess one of the brightest upcoming stars in Croatian football – Mateo Kovacic.

17-year-old Kovacic was the youngest ever debutant in the Prva NHL, Croatia’s domestic top flight, and grabbed a goal on his debut at 16 years and 198 days against Hrvatski Dragovolijac.

The attacking midfielder currently represents Croatia’s under-19 and under-21 sides and is being tipped to receive a call to the senior side soon. Possibly in time for the summer’s European Championships?

Obviously a player of this calibre and potential is attracting a lot of interest from across Europe. Major European sides such as Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus and Bayern Munich are unsurprisingly all interested in the services of the attacking midfielder.

When signing the youngster to their academy, Zagreb faced stiff competition from a host of European powerhouses. All these clubs tried to lure Kovacic’s family into making the move to their respective club. These sides included Juventus…

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