The talented young Inter midfielder will not rest until he hits double figures in 2013-14 and says that the Europa League would be preferable to third place in Serie AInter midfielder Mateo Kovacic has set himself the challenge of hitting double figures this season, believing that he will not be a "complete player" until he hits that target.
The 20-year-old has not scored a single goal for the Nerazzurri since arriving in early 2013, despite making 45 Serie A appearances for the San Siro club, and is determined to turn up his attacking intent.
"As a kid, I would often pass to my team-mates instead of looking to score myself," Kovacic told La Gazzetta dello Sport, "but I have to change.
"Only when I score 10 goals a season will I be a complete player but I'm always at the centre of the group - when the team does well, I grow too."
Kovacic has been suffering from a calf problem of late and has played very little in pre-season but is expected to be fit for the start of the 2014-15 Serie A season, when Walter Mazzarri's men will try to better last term's fifth-placed finish.
When asked if he would rather achieve Champions League qualification by finishing third or win the Europa League, the Croatia international suggested that lifting the second-tier European trophy would be preferential.
"It's hard to chose but I think perhaps it is better to raise a cup," he concluded.