Potter told why he needs to complete Chelsea signing for Bundesliga star
Graham Potter has been told why Chelsea must complete the transfer of RB Leipzig star Josko Gvardiol.
The club were looking for centre-backs in the market after the departures of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger – and managed to bring in Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly so far
But with all the games that Chelsea will be playing in over the course of the season – that may not be enough, and it has been claimed that a move for Gvardiol was on the agenda of former boss Thomas Tuchel
However – despite the rumours that the club were in deep talks for Gvardiol and the player was very keen on a move to Stamford Bridge – a move never happened as contact was made far too late in the transfer window
Then, Gvardiol shocked many at Stamford Bridge by agreeing a new contract at RB – meaning that the Blues will have to pay even more than the £77 million they were prepared to pay in the summer – but they will be back
And they have been told by the youngster’s former coach at both Dinamo Zagreb and in the Croatia youth set-up why they need to sign the lad – and has compared him to Thiago Silva.
“His tremendous self-confidence, strong leadership traits and courage all remind me of Thiago Silva,” Tomislav Rukavina said when speaking to Goal in 2020. “Gvardiol is one of the young players who, I am sure, will be one of the most important players of the national team for a long time.
“He is extremely strong, fast, agile and durable. He has excellent jump timing and excellent heading technique.
“He has a developed sense of the game, excellent perception of situations and timely response to what’s happening on the pitch. Given his youth, there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of tactics still, as there is for improving technical characteristics.”
If the lad is anything like Thiago Silva – then he would be a brilliant signing for the club – the Brazilian is quality
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