Manchester United and Arsenal teen target Mateo Kovacic insists that he is not in a desperate hurry to leave Croatia reports

The 17-year-old Dinamo Zagreb starlet has already established himself as a regular in the senior side, and has even captained the club - despite his tender years.

The Austrian-born Croatian U21 international was previously the subject of a bid from Arsenal, alongside fellow teammate Sime Vrsaljko.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of up-and-coming talent, and he looked to engineer a deal for the duo in an attempt to bring them to the Emirates Stadium.


"There are many talks, every footballer is dreaming of playing for one of the best clubs in the world but I'm not really bothered what is going on in press," Kovacic told SportskeNovosti. "There are many rumours, but I'm happy to stay at Dinamo.

"I'm still young and I still have to learn before I will be ready to move on."

As Arsenal's interest seemingly waned, the likes of Manchester United and Juventus have also been monitoring the player's situation, and could step up their pursuit of his signature in January.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has already strengthened his ranks with the addition of a number of bright young stars, including Phil Jones and David De Gea - who have both enjoyed an accelerated promotion into the first-team at Old Trafford.

"It is nice to see your name linked with clubs such as Juventus and Manchester United," Kovacic continued. "But I'm quite calm. My time will come sooner or later."

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