Josko Gvardiol refuses to rule out RB Leipzig exit amid long-term Chelsea transfer interest

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Josko Gvardiol is a long-term target for Chelsea  (Getty Images)
Josko Gvardiol is a long-term target for Chelsea (Getty Images)

Josko Gvardiol has refused to rule out an exit from RB Leipzig this winter.

The defender was considered by Chelsea over the course of the summer before signing a new deal with the Bundesliga club, although Standard Sport understand Premier League interest remains.

Chelsea have scouted the player since his early career at Dinamo Zagreb and could make a move in future windows despite prioritising a £70m swoop for Wesley Fofana.

Thiago Silva will soon need replacing, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Kalidou Koulibaly are over 30 and the Croatian international would represent something of a long-term heir.

Before the Champions League trip to Zagreb and Thomas Tuchel’s sacking, compatriot Mateo Kovacic admitted figures behind the scenes at Chelsea had asked him for a recommendation.

Manchester City are also believed to be keen on Gvardiol, who is now under contract in Germany until the summer of 2027.

Speaking to Index.hr, Gvardiol said: “I’m happy at Leipzig, I still have a lot to learn and need to work on myself.

“I have people who deal with it, I didn’t think about a transfer. We’ll see what happens in the winter.”