Croatia boss Kovac in warning to Chelsea target Kramaric

Croatia boss Niko Kovac has warned Rikeja striker Andrej Kramaric to choose his next club carefully and quickly amid interest from Chelsea among other top sides from the Premier League and elsewhere, reports

The 23-year-old has become one of the most highly-rated forwards in Europe, thanks to a massively prolific record in the Croatian top-flight, scoring 39 goals in 34 games since July 2013. In addition to that he has scored six times in seven Europa League outings this season and twice in four appearances for his national team.

His scoring exploits have sparked interest from Jose Mourinho’s side, whose current attacking options include Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy. Italian champions Juventus and their rivals Milan have also been heavily linked.

Despite that, the Premier League’s bottom club Leicester City are the only side to have tabled a bid, making a £7.9m offer that was accepted by Rijeka, but a move to the East Midlands was rejected by the player.

And having seen the interest in Kramaric, Kovac believes he should take care when choosing his next club. He said: “My advice not only to him but all young players going out is don’t look at how high a salary you can get but choose a club you will play in.

“Because when young players go out, they do not know anybody, don’t have friends, family, don’t know the language, and if they don’t play, they lose confidence and in year or two – disappear. And if they play in some smaller team, the opportunity will come to go to a bigger club and earn more.”

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