RB Leipzig boss Marco Rose has dismissed the speculation over the future of rumoured Tottenham target Josko Gvardiol, insisting that he expects the centre-back to still be at the Red Bull Arena next season.
Gvardiol was already seen as one of the best young defenders in world football in light of his displays for Leipzig over the last 18 months and his reputation has blossomed even further on the back of his showing for Croatia at the World Cup in Qatar.
However, that is seemingly not good news for Tottenham, with CalcioMercato.it reporting earlier this month that Leipzig’s valuation of the centre-back has now increased to €110m (£98m), suggesting that he might now be too expensive for the North London club.
The publication further added that Gvardiol is at the top of Real Madrid’s wishlist and that moving to the Santiago Bernabeu is the defender’s number one preference.
The 21-year-old seemingly offered Spurs a lifeline by admitting in an interview with The Times earlier this week that he wants to play in the Premier League.
However, Rose has now insisted that a transfer is not imminent for the Croat, remaking that he remains happy at the Bundesliga club.
The Leipzig boss said (via TV2 Sport journalist Arilas Ould-Saada): “Josko Gvardiol will be a RB Leipzig player next season as well. I am the coach and I am asking for that. He is happy here. He said he wants to play in the Premier League, but he didn’t say when.”
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Leipzig are not a club who are easy to negotiate with as Spurs and other clubs who tried to sign Gvardiol found out last summer.
However, I am convinced that one of Europe’s big hitters will break the bank for the 21-year-old next summer.
Tottenham are certainly not going to be the club to do that, given the kind of transfer fees being mooted for the centre-back.
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