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RB Leipzig's Josko Gbaldiol opens door for Chelsea move

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RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol has refused to close the door on moving to Chelsea in January

RB Leipzig center back Josco Gvaldior Refused to close the door with a possible switch Chelsea in the January transfer window.

The 20-year-old was rumored to be one Thomas Tuchelmajor target in the summer following the withdrawal of Antonio Rudiger When Andreas Christensen.

However, Leipzig were under little pressure to sell Gbaldior, who has a contract with Red Bull Arena until the end of the 2026-27 season. Oliver Mintzlaff It was confirmed at the end of August that the sale would not be considered.

“Josko has a contract with us until 2026. He will play with us not only this season but also next season,” said Mintzlaff. build.

After Chelsea moved on to other targets, Gbaldiol reaffirmed his commitment to Leipzig by signing a new long-term contract at the beginning of September and has gone from strength to strength since joining in 2021. .

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The Croatian international has not been a regular starter for the Bundesliga club in the early stages of the 2022-23 season, but has hinted that he could move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

“I’m happy with Leipzig. I still have a lot to learn and I have to work on myself. There are people to deal with it and I wasn’t thinking about a transfer. We’ll see what happens in the winter. Let’s see,” Gvardiol told reporters recently.

The former Dynamo Zagreb player made 47 appearances in all competitions for Leipzig during his debut season, scoring two goals and three more when Di Rothen Bren won the DFB Cup.

Gvardiol, who extended his contract with Leipzig at the beginning of September, insisted he still has “a lot” to achieve during his stay in Germany.

“I am very happy to extend my contract early until 2027 as I want to achieve a lot at RB Leipzig,” Gvardiol told the club’s media.

Head coach Graham Potter of Chelsea ahead of their first match against Red Bull Salzburg on 14 September 2022.© Reuters

“I feel the confidence of a club that continues to grow. We are in the Champions League again, won the DFB Cup last year and want to play for the title again this year.

“I am very grateful to the club’s leadership for making long-term plans with me and wanting to continue on this path of success with me.”

The Croatian has already made eight appearances for Leipzig in the 2022/23 season, but has only started three of his seven Bundesliga appearances.

Chelsea failed to sign Gvardior from RB Leipzig Kalidu Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana When Mark Cucurellaas well as extending Cesar Azpilicuetacontract until 2024.

the Tuchel Graham Potterco-owner Todd Boley A new permanent sports director is being sought, and it is understood that both parties held talks with Mintzlaff in Leipzig before deciding to end negotiations.

Chelsea also eyeing Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund Confirm he remains Austrian champion and Bayer Leverkusen team Tim Steiten Reportedly designated as an alternative option.

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