Kovacic joins Ronaldo and Bale in Real Madrid exit hint as he vows to 'play more' next season

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The Croatia international is reluctant to be drawn on where he will be playing in 2018-19, but has suggested that he could be on the move this summer

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic has offered no guarantees over his future with the European champions, stating that he intends to "play more" next season.

Kovacic, 24, made 36 appearances for Madrid in 2017-18, but started just 10 of his 21 La Liga games.

The Croatia international has been linked with moves to the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Tottenham.

While his agent dismissed exit rumours ahead of the summer transfer window, Kovacic has joined the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in suggesting that his future could lie away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

"I believe I'll play more, whether in Real or somewhere else," he told reporters on Friday.

"Now is the time for me to play.

"Offers? I am under contract with Real and I wish not to comment on other clubs."

Kovacic arrived at Madrid in 2015 after two-and-a-half seasons with Serie A giants Inter.

He has won three Champions League titles and a Liga crown at Madrid, who are searching for a new head coach after Zinedine Zidane's shock departure.

Kovacic admitted the Frenchman's exit came as a surprise, but he praised the 45-year-old.

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"His resignation surprised us, we didn't see it coming, but it was his choice," he said.

"He went as a gentleman as a player, now again as a coach. Maybe someone in the locker room knew about it but I didn't. It was a shock.

"Now we wish him all the luck and now let's see if he can achieve this with someone else."