Croatian World Cup star Josko Gvardiol has revealed Liverpool is his ‘dream club’, but he intends to stay at RB Leipzig until the end of the season… as he admits he is ‘close’ to joining Chelsea in the summer day
- Josko Gvardiol is one of Croatia’s standout performers at the 2022 World Cup
- The defender has been linked with a number of top clubs from across Europe
- The 20-year-old revealed he views Liverpool as his ‘dream club’
- However, Gvardiol intends to stay at RB Leipzig until the end of the season
- Guardiol says Chelsea are ‘close’ to signing him in the summer
RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol has revealed that he has dreamed of playing for Liverpool since he was a child.
Gvardiol starred for Croatia at the World Cup, helping his country finish third in Qatar, and is viewed as one of the hottest prospects in European football.
The 20-year-old is set to be targeted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, but he says Liverpool will always have a special place in his heart.
Josko Gvardiol emerged as a major talent and helped Croatia finish third in the World Cup
The RB Leipzig defender has named Liverpool as his ‘dream club’ he wants to play for
When asked which teams he admired growing up, Gvardiol said RTL Danas: ‘My dream club? It must be Liverpool. Since I was young, I have watched a lot of fights between him and my father.
‘We cover every season in detail. It’s a club that has stayed in my heart.’
Gvardiol has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, while a number of Premier League clubs are also monitoring him, suggesting that a January move could not be abandoned.
However, the centre-back says he wants to see out the rest of the season in Leipzig, and has yet to receive any proposals from potential suitors.
‘I wish I could be with them for these six months [Leipzig],’ said Guardiol.
Gvardiol has announced that he intends to stay at RB Leipzig until the end of the current season.
‘Nobody presented to me. But I’m not in a hurry, we have time, let them (other clubs) adjust the plan and let’s see.’
Chelsea are an English club who have shown great interest in Gvardiol in the summer transfer window, with the Blues pushing to sign him until the deadline.
Gvardiol admitted a deal was close to being agreed, but it was eventually decided he would stay at Leipzig for the time being.
‘In the summer the transfer was imminent and they kept me,’ he added.
‘Chelsea didn’t give up, but it was agreed that we would go for the winter.’