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Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic: This Man Utd legend boyhood idol

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic admits he grew up idolising Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

Kovacic joined Chelsea on a season-long loan from Real Madrid this summer.

He told The Sun: “Every player has to be himself— but for me Scholes was one of the best ever.

“He was amazing. I still enjoy watching his videos on YouTube.

"Sometimes I go home and watch him to learn something new.

“He had everything, he was the modern midfielder — scoring goals, defending well, tackling. I don't copy anybody but I do like to watch Scholes. I also watch other players to see what I can do better.

“Players like Luka Modric and Andres Iniesta, too."

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