RB Leipzig prodigy Josko Gvardiol has stated he would like to play in the Premier League one day.
The defender has established himself as one of the most promising prospects in European football over the last 18 months.
Gvardiol was a subject of interest from Premier League giants Chelsea last summer but a move to Stamford Bridge failed to materialise.
The 21-year-old has revealed being wanted by Leeds United in the past and also reaffirmed his desire to play in the top tier of English football.
“[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,” Gvardiol told the Times.
“I didn’t speak with Bielsa but of course, he sent a few people and they came to Zagreb.
“I met these guys and they showed me how 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.
“At the end, Leipzig is a really good club and I feel good here.”
In keeping with his form at the 2022 World Cup, where he starred for Croatia en route to a third-place finish, Gvardiol has continued to impress for Leipzig and a switch away from the Red Bull Arena is still firmly on the cards.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea still hold an interest in Gvardiol amid their extravagant transfer spree in the last two windows which has seen the Blues spend north of €600 million.
However, Liverpool have been linked with a potential swoop for Gvardiol next summer, while Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs are still in the running for his signature.
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