Sought-after RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol has addressed his future amid growing speculation linking him with a megabucks move to Chelsea.
As one of the best-performing defenders at the World Cup, the 20-year-old has earned plenty of suitors across Europe’s top-five leagues, with the Blues reportedly at the head of the queue.
In addition to Chelsea, reigning Premier League champions Manchester City are interested as Pep Guardiola aims to bolster his options at the back.
The last club to join the race for Gvardiol was La Liga holders Real Madrid, who, as per recent reports, have lined up a substantial €120 million bid to lure him away from the Red Bull Arena.
However, the up-and-coming youngster has his heart set on continuing his development in the Premier League, naming Liverpool his childhood dream and preferred destination.
“That would definitely be Liverpool,” he told Croatian news outlet RTL Danas.
“Since I was little, I watched a lot of Liverpool matches with my dad, and we covered every season in detail. It is a club that has remained in my heart,
While his suitors would rather see him swap allegiances this winter, Gvardiol is hellbent on staying at Leipzig for the remainder of the season as a gesture of gratitude for the club’s battle to keep hold of him in the summer.
“I am also happy for the club to achieve something big,” he added. “I’m not in a hurry. I’m in Leipzig, we still have six months to finish the season properly and to win something. And then we will look further to the future.”
Gvardiol would be a welcome addition to Jurgen Klopp’s underperforming rearguard, especially in the wake of Virgil van Dijk’s injury.
Liverpool’s defence, which went from strength to strength in the past few seasons, has been clueless and fragile this season, forcing the Reds to scour the market for reinforcements.
Although they’ve yet to make any formal attempt to land Gvardiol, the Leipzig star’s recent admission may change their minds.
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