Joško Gvardiol, who has attracted transfer interest from a number of top European clubs, has revealed that his goal is to play in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old Croatian defender currently plies his trade for RB Leipzig. The German club signed Joško Gvardiol from Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb in 2020. He has been playing for the Bundesliga outfit since the 21/22 season.
Speaking to The Times, Joško Gvardiol revealed he had the option to join RB Leipzig or Leeds United. Although Gvardiol has a goal of playing in the Premier League, he felt he needed to take a few more steps before he signed for a club in the English top flight.
“I had two options, between Leeds and Leipzig,” Joško Gvardiol told The Times. “[Marcelo] Bielsa was the coach and I don’t know if you know this but my goal in my career is to play in the Premier League. I didn’t speak with Bielsa but of course, he sends a few people and they came to Dinamo Zagreb.
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“I met these guys and they show me it was something like a plan [of] how they see me in their style of football. I mean, when they presented it everything looked good and you could maybe see yourself there in that moment.
“I knew that I needed to take a few steps more before I get [to the Premier League] one day. In the end, Leipzig is a really good club and I feel good here. It’s important I play almost every game.
“I am very grateful to Dani Olmo because he was here and I spoke with him a lot of times before I decided to sign.”
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Since joining RB Leipzig, Joško Gvardiol has appeared in 73 games across all competitions for the German outfit. He has featured in 26 games for Leipzig so far this season, 19 of those coming in the Bundesliga.
Joško Gvardiol has a contract that runs until 2027 with RB Leipzig. That means he has more than four years left on his current deal with the German club.
Joško Gvardiol has been linked with a number of top clubs, including Chelsea, Liverpool, and Real Madrid, and could be on the move in the summer transfer window of 2023.
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