Rumoured Tottenham target Josko Gvardiol has now confirmed that he has no plans to leave RB Leipzig during the current transfer window.
Gvardiol was reported to be one of Spurs’ top targets for the left centre-back role in the summer (Football.London) but Antonio Conte’s men signed Clement Lenglet on loan instead, with the Croat staying put at Leipzig.
Some reports over recent months had backed Tottenham to reignite their interest in the 20-year-old in January (Tuttosport) but the youngster’s performances for Croatia at the World Cup seem to have attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
In fact, journalist Alfredo Pedulla stated a couple of weeks ago that Manchester City were ready to offer a whopping €130m (£113.5m) for Gvardiol, and could hand the player a salary of around €12m (£10.4) per season.
However, Leipzig sporting director Max Ebert told Sky Germany on Saturday that the Bundesliga club have ‘zero’ interest in selling the Croat. Gvardiol himself has now declared that he is happy to remain at the Red Bull Arena for the time being.
The centre-back told Sky Germany journalist Philipp Hinze: “My plan is that I stay here. I think everyone has seen Max Eberl’s statement. I’m okay with that.”
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Whether Gvardiol leaves in January or next summer, it is clear that he is no longer a realistic target for Spurs as he seems to be at the top of many clubs’ wishlists. Rather than getting involved in a bidding war for the 20-year-old, I expect us to turn our attention to either Alessandro Bastoni or Piero Hincapie next summer.
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