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The agent of Josko Gvardiol has declared he is in no hurry to secure the Croatian World Cup star a blockbuster transfer – declaring the race is very much open for arguably the best defensive prospect in world football.
The 20-year-old has been one of the standout performers in Qatar as the 2018 finalists booked their place in the quarter-finals with a penalty-shootout victory over Japan in the last 16 on Monday.
Gvardiol has been bossing opposition attackers throughout the tournament while also displaying his ability to drive through the centre of the pitch with the ball.
If RB Leipzig were digging their heels into the ground before the World Cup, they will now be laughing their way to the bank as Gvardiol’s stock continues to sky-rocket.
Chelsea now face an uphill battle to sign the defender with both Real Madrid and Barcelona now thought to be in contention for his services.
His agent Marjan Sisic has declared the player is happy at Leipzig for now – hinting there will be no hurry to push through a transfer unless the move is right.
“Regarding a possible transfer in summer 2023 we are not in a hurry and I can make clear that there are no pre-agreements with any clubs,” he told Sky Germany.
“For sure, a lot of top clubs have informed about him but Josko has a long-term contract in Leipzig. Josko feels totally happy in Leipzig. His development is amazing and RB is playing very good under Marco Rose.“
Chelsea saw a mammoth proposal worth a whopping £77million including add-ons rebuffed by Leipzig at the back end of the summer transfer window.
The offer included one more season in the Bundesliga for Gvardiol before eventually joining Chelsea in the summer of 2023.
Leipzig were not interested though and that gamble has now seemingly paid off.
Speaking to The Athletic, Gvardiol made it clear that he would be interested in joining the Blues but maintained that his future lies in the hands of his agent.
He said after Croatia drew 0-0 with Belgium in their final group match: “About me and Chelsea? I don’t know. You know what happened in the last few months. To be honest, I have no idea.
“My agent is taking care of this and we will see. Right now, I’m happy in Leipzig. I don’t know, we will see – you never know.
“You know the stories and these things, but all I can say is that I’m happy in Leipzig and right now I’m going to stay there and perform for them.
“It’s a big club of course and, who knows, maybe one day I will be there. It’s really nice to see things like this, especially because there is Kovacic, so you never know. I talk with him.
“Even to be here on this, the biggest event, it’s a big thing for me at 20 years old so I’m happy. I have to think about it.”
Gvardiol has also since praised Real Madrid, hinting he would also be open to joining Los Blancos.
“Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world, so who knows… maybe one day I can play there. I would like to, yes,” Gvardiol said during a separate interview.