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Manchester United transfer news: Mateo Kovacic rejects United after £53.5m bid for Croatia World Cup star

Croatian told Real Madrid he wants to leave this summer with Chelsea and Manchester City also interested, but has concerns over Jose Mourinho’s style

Mateo Kovacic has told United he is not interested in joining them after the Red Devils launched a £53.5million bid, according to reports in Spain.

The Croatia World Cup star, 24, has told current club Real Madrid he wants to leave this summer and has also drawn interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.

The reason behind Kovacic’s decision to reject United is reportedly an aversion to Jose Mourinho’s way of playing, in the latest transfer window blow for the Portuguese boss.

‘stylistic issues’ were a key factor for the player, who has grown frustrated with a lack of opportunities at Real.

He made just 21 La Liga appearances last season, unable to break into a midfield of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and compatriot Luka Modric.

Kovacic complained that his limited playing time would hurt his national team chances, and he started just once at the World Cup as his country reached the final.

Kovacic won the Champions League in all three seasons with Real Madrid after joining for £25m from Inter Milan in 2015

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