In a tweet, the Croatian midfielder said he had “decided to move on” and that his path was “now separate” from the La Liga side, going onto bid farewell to the fans.
Kovacic joined Madrid in 2015 and made 109 appearances for the club. However, starts were limited with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro the first-choice midfielders, and the 24-year-old decided this summer that he would have to leave in order to get more regular playing time.
Madrid, however, are loathe to let him go on a long-term basis, as they recognise his potential and know he could be a future star in midfield, with the decision to not include an option to buy in his loan deal seen as confirmation.
But Kovacic’s farewell tweet has thrown that future into doubt.
After three years filled with trophies I have decided to move on. Eventhough are paths now separate I want to say big thank you to @realmadrid family and all the fans for an amazing part of my life I will never forget. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/vka7UUfsig— Mateo Kovačić (@Mateo_Kova23) August 10, 2018
Thibaut Courtois has apologised to Real Madrid fans after footage emerged of him singing an offensive song about his new club in 2013, when he was playing for rivals Atletico Madrid and celebrating a 2-1 win over Real in that year’s Copa del Rey final.
“I was very young at that time, I got carried away in the moment,” Courtois said. “I apologised at the time and I do again now. It was a youthful indiscretion.
“They [Madrid fans] will see that I will give it my all for the Real Madrid badge to win the games.”
The Belgian goalkeeper signed for Real on Thursday, joining from Chelsea in a £35million deal.
It’s possible that Courtois’ Madrid debut will come against his old club, as Real and Atletico are set to play next Wednesday in the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn.
Left-back Hernandez, 20, joined Los Blancos from city rivals Atletico Madrid last summer and went on to make 23 appearances.
Following the arrival of new head coach Julen Lopetegui, the Frenchman has been given the opportunity of more regular first-team football at the Anoeta Stadium.
“Real Sociedad and Real Madrid CF have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Theo Hernandez, who will be tied to the club for the current season. Real Sociedad have also reached an agreement with the French player,” a Real Sociedad statement read on the club’s official website.
“This morning, the defender underwent his medical at the Policlinica Gipuzkoa. The player will be presented in the next days.”
Real Sociedad start the new La Liga campaign away at Villarreal on Saturday.