Croatia Defender Gvardiol Joins Man City On Five-Year Deal

Croatia Defender Gvardiol Joins Man City On Five-Year Deal

Manchester City have announced the signing of Croatia international Josko Gvardiol from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig.

The Treble winners confirmed Gvardiol‘s signing in a statement released on Saturday.

“Manchester City are delighted to confirm the signing of Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig on a five-year deal.

“The 21-year-old becomes the second signing of the summer transfer window ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, following in the footsteps of fellow Croatian international Mateo Kovacic.

“Like Kovacic, Gvardiol began his senior career at Dinamo Zagreb, a breeding ground for some of the most talented Croatian players ever produced.

“During two seasons in his homeland, he won two Croatian League titles, one Croatian Cup and a Croatian Super Cup before moving to RB Leipzig in Germany.

“Gvardiol made 87 appearances for the Red Bulls across the 2021/22 and 2022/23 campaigns, scoring five goals and winning two DFB-Pokal trophies.

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“He has won 21 caps for Croatia, excelling in their third-place finish in the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.”

Speaking after his unveiling Gvardiol expressed his delight to have arrived in the Premier League and can’t wait to get started.

“I have always dreamed of one day playing in England and to be doing so now with Manchester City – after the season they have just had – is a real honour for me.

“Anyone who saw Manchester City play last season knows they are the best team in the world. To win the Treble says everything you need to know about the quality this team has.

“To be joining City is something very special for me and my family.

“To have the chance to work with Pep Guardiola, too, will be amazing. I know I am not yet the finished article and I am sure my game will progress under the best coach in football.

“To be linking up with Mateo Kovacic will also be special. He’s a top footballer and I hope we can both help City achieve another successful season in 2023/24 and then beyond.”

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