Published On: Sat, Feb 2nd, 2013

Kovacic Given Inter Shirt Number

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have announced this week that 18-year-old new signing  will take over their number 10 shirt.

Following ’s departure to Galatasaray, the young Croat, who wore eight on his shirt at Dinamo Zagreb, will take the shirt vacated by the Dutchman.

It is a signal of intent for Inter that they think Kovacic is ready for the first team and is particularly apt that, having been compared to , he will be wearing the same shirt number that Baggio wore during his spell at Inter.

Kovacic, who signed for €15m this week, joins an Inter side sitting fourth in Serie A and has been training with the team this week ahead of Inter’s trip to bottom club , though he is not expected to start the game.

The Croatian Under-21 International follows some great players in wearing the number ten shirt for the Nerazzurri and will be hoping to match their achievements.

Before Sneijder, there was , and before him, . There is, however, a cautionary tale in the shirt, if we go back to 2002/03 when was given the shirt.

Morfeo, too, was a prodigiously talented youngster, but never fulfilled the potential that persuaded Fiorentina to spend €15m for his services.

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- Displaced Yorkshire-born football writer now based in Kent and former contributor to the Huddersfield Examiner, currently providing statistically-based Huddersfield Town related content for the Thrice Champions website. Contact me via Twitter at @MarcoJ.

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