'One of the best': 17-year-old prospect says £40m Chelsea star has been a massive help ​after training with him

Chelsea’s academy prospect Charlie Webster has shared that Mateo Kovacic has been a “major help” after working alongside him in first-team training sessions.

Webster, 17, is a rising talent in the Blues youth ranks who’s been at Cobham since joining the Under-10s.

The teenage midfielder is yet to make his senior debut, but has been around Thomas Tuchel’s main group in the last few weeks for some training sessions. He’s been an unused substitute in both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup already this season, so is clearly someone on the radar of first-team manager Tuchel.

He was back in action this week with the Under-23s, though.

Webster has given an insight into what it’s been like training with the world-class talents at Stamford Bridge, giving a special mention to the influence from £40million midfield star Kovacic.

For certain, all-action central midfielder Kovacic is the type of player that Chelsea’s academy stars will look up to for tips. Pat Nevin recently described him as “undroppable” in the kind of form.

“‘Even though i did not make my Chelsea debut, the experience has been surreal,’ he notes. ‘I have taken on board everything that has been said to me and have just applied what I have known. Tuchel is a brilliant coach and I love his attention to detail. He made me understand that small details matter in every game,” Webster said.

“Mateo Kovacic has also been a major help. He is one of the best central midfielders in the world and I have learnt a lot from him.”

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Kovacic justified £40m Chelsea transfer

Yes, a few eyebrows were raised when Kovacic cost as much as £40million to sign on a permanent basis from Real Madrid in 2019 after a loan at Stamford Bridge the previous season.

However, the Croatian midfielder is a massive fan favourite that has been worth the transfer sum.

He can get a real grip on games in the midfield when he’s in a confident mood, whether that be alongside Jorginho or N’Golo Kante in the centre of the park.

There has been several blunders in the transfer window by the club during the last five years, but Kovacic gets a massive tick by his name.

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