Earlier this summer, Mateo Kovacic gave an interview to Marca in which he explained he wants to leave Real Madrid this summer. It wasn’t a game, or a play for a better contract, the Croatian midfielder made clear his situation and that he absolutely wants a move.

Real Madrid aren’t keen to part ways, believing Kovacic will have a big future at the club. They’ve tried to talk him into happily staying but it hasn’t yet worked.

On Monday, Marca reported that Kovacic had arrived at Real Madrid training, on his first day back after the World Cup, and held a meeting to talk about his future.

Annoyed to once again be told Madrid won’t make it easy for him to leave, the player left and, according to numerous Spanish claims, is refusing to represent the club again.

That story takes Marca’s Tuesday front page and inside it’s explained that Manchester City showed interest earlier this summer.

Pep Guardiola’s club were told the price would be €80m, and then City backed away from the possible signing, believing the fee to be ‘very high’.

Manchester City are the only potential destination named as Kovacic starts ‘total war’ with Real Madrid and refuses to wear the shirt again.