‘We’ll see what occurs in winter’: RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol leaves the door open for a January swap to Chelsea regardless of signing five-year deal simply this month… after the Blues had a bid for the £75m-rated 20-year-old rejected in summer season
- RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol has hinted at a possible January swap to Chelsea
- The Blues have been sturdy suitors for his companies on this summer season’s switch window
- However Gvardiol signed a brand new deal in September retaining him at Leipzig till 2027
RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol has left the door open on a possible January swap to Chelsea, who reportedly bid for the Croatian’s companies in summer season with none success.
The 20-year-old defender, who began all 4 of Croatia’s video games at Euro 2020, has drawn curiosity from the west London membership, who’re reported to have bid £78.5million (€90m) for his companies.
Gvardiol has drawn curiosity from quite a few Europe’s prime sides, with the versatile defender succesful each at centre-back and left-back, and as such Leipzig sought to tie him down till 2027.
Josko Gvardiol has hinted at a possible transfer to Chelsea in January along with his current feedback
The Croatian hinted at a attainable transfer to the Premier League within the upcoming January switch window, saying: ‘I am joyful at Leipzig, I nonetheless have lots to be taught and must work on myself.
‘I’ve individuals who take care of it, I did not take into consideration a switch. We’ll see what occurs within the winter.’
Graham Potter’s aspect bid for the Croatian worldwide late in the summertime window
The Bundesliga outfit had already misplaced the likes of Hwang Hee-Chan, Tyler Adams and Bryan Brobbey this summer season, and have been fast to make sure they retained Gvardiol till at the very least the subsequent window by providing him a brand new deal.
He signed a one-year extension to his present deal on September 1, retaining him on the membership for an additional 5 years, and Chelsea needed to accept simply Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly for his or her summer season’s centre-back acquisitions.
Gvardiol has beforehand been outspoken in being content material to remain on the Bundeliga aspect, saying: ‘I am very joyful to have prolonged the contract early till 2027, as a result of I nonetheless wish to obtain lots with RB Leipzig.
‘I really feel the membership’s confidence to proceed my improvement. We’re within the Champions League once more, received the DFB Cup final yr and wish to play for titles once more this yr.
‘I’m very grateful to these accountable on the membership that they plan long-term with me and wish to proceed on this profitable path with me.’
The defender has solely twice accomplished a full sport this season as his minutes are managed
Chelsea had provided die Roten Bullen the motivation of retaining the Croatian on mortgage for the 2022-23 season, however the German aspect deemed it too late within the window to type a alternative as reported by Sportsmail in September.
Gvardiol’s progress had been barely hampered in direction of the top of Leipzig’s final marketing campaign, as he struggled with a knee concern and two separate muscular issues.
He has featured eight instances thus far this season, however solely twice has he accomplished the complete 90 minutes in a sport, as his minutes are managed early on within the season having solely recovered from a knee downside in June.
The 20-year-old performed 4 instances for Croatia ultimately summer season’s Euro 2020