Croatia teammate Niko Kranjcar nicknamed him â€śa professor of footballâ€ť after the remarkably self-assured debut against Serbia.
â€śMy teammates at Inter helped me a great deal over the last few weeks and they are truly fantastic,â€ť Kovacic told Croatian media.
â€śDejan Stankovic has been there for 10 years and is a real symbol, while Samir Handanovic speaks practically the same language as me and gives a lot of advice.
â€śAfter the game, the Inter director Marco Branca called me up to give his compliments on the performance. It was very nice.
â€śItâ€™s not easy to play from the start in a game like this, but I cancelled out the pressure thanks to the help from my more experienced teammates.â€ť