Highly-rated Mario Pasalic has announced he will be signing a new deal with Chelsea.
The Croatian international arrived at the Blues last summer for £2.5million from Hajduk Split and was immediately farmed out on a season-long deal to Elche.
His fine form has seen him linked with a move to Serie A giants Lazio, but Jose Mourinho is keen to have him back at Stamford Bridge next season.
And Pasalic, who has been dubbed the ‘next Luka Modric, fully expects to pen an extension when he returns to London.
As quoted on the Sky Sports website, Pasalic said: “Given the intensity of the communications with Chelsea, I’m optimistic that I’ll go to London in late May to sign a new deal with them.”