Josko Gvardiol was the talk of the town at the end of the FIFA World Cup and was unlucky to be denied the Best Young Player title. The youngster single-handedly carried Croatia’s backline through the gala event as one of the key pillars in the semifinalists’ setup.
It comes as no surprise that Europe’s elite were all over him at the end of the tournament, hoping to snap up his services immediately. The biggest name on the list of interested parties was Real Madrid.
According to reports from Florian Plettenbergh, Gvardiol wishes to stay at Leipzig beyond the 2023 summer. His contract, however, will have a release clause of €110 million in 2024.
Los Blancos currently boast of some of Europe’s biggest names in defence including Eder Miltao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger. However, only the Brazilian International can claim to be a regular starter in the long term.
Thus, the administration see the signing of a young centre-back as a priority in the coming transfer windows. Gvardiol is undoubtedly one of the top names linked with the European Champions.
Real Madrid’s hopes of signing the Croatian International suffered a massive blow yesterday when Gvardiol named Liverpool as his dream club. With the Reds in the race for his signing too, Jurgen Klopp’s side can claim to have the upper hand.
“My dream club? That would definitely be Liverpool. Since I was little, I watched a lot of their matches with my dad.”
In seven games in the World Cup, the 20-year-old oversaw two clean sheets and recorded over ten defensive actions per game. Further, he also found the back of the net in Croatia’s game against Morocco.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.