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Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur target and Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol drops hint on his future

In what will come as disappointing news to the Tottenham Hotspur fans, RB Leipzig and Croatia international centre-back Josko Gvardiol has hinted that he would like to play for Chelsea someday.

Spurs, along with their rivals Chelsea have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old hot prospect. His performances have caught the eyes of some top clubs in Europe who would like to add the young defender to their squad.

However, while speaking to The Athletic (subscription required) [h/t Fabrizio Romano], the defender hinted that he would like to play for the Blues someday.

“Chelsea is a big club, maybe one day I will be there. My agent is taking care of my future, I’m happy in Leipzig now. It’s nice to see the links, especially because there is Kovacic. So… you never know!”

Gvardiol has been sensational for both club and country this year. A regular for both at just 20, the centre-back has started all three games for Croatia in this year’s World Cup, keeping two clean sheets in the process.

The 20-year-old not only is an excellent centre-back, but he can also play in the left-back position. This is something that will allow the Croatian to play in Ben Davies’ role in Antonio Conte’s preferred system of three at the back.

Conte has been keen to add reinforcements to his backline and there are very few players who are currently as good as the 20-year-old. But he will not come cheap as it is believed the German club want around £70 million for their star youngster.

Josko Gvardiol has hinted that he would like to play for Chelsea amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)
Josko Gvardiol has hinted that he would like to play for Chelsea amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Also, with the player hinting to play for our rivals does not make the task any easier. It will be wise for Spurs to up their game and try to convince the defender to make a move to north London over west London.

His performance in the World Cup is likely to increase the asking price – the basic principle of supply and demand if more suitors come to the table. But the player is just 20 and has a long future ahead of him.

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And hence, the Lilywhites shouldn’t think twice about going big for Gvardiol. We put the money on the table when we believed Richarlison was a good fit for our team this summer. The Croatia defender warrants similar treatment.

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