Chelsea set to change plan after manager says £66m target “is happy” at club

February 25th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

There are reports that Chelsea may be forced to change transfer plan as RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol is “happy” at the Bundesliga club.

The sought-after defender has been strongly linked with a move at the end of this campaign, with Chelsea being one of the sides to show the most interest.

RB Leipzig boss Marco Rose has affirmed that Josko Gvardiol will be staying with the club next season.

He enjoyed another stellar match in an already packed yet young career when he scored the equaliser against Manchester City to level the Champions League Round of 16 tie.

The game completely changed after half-time, and the introduction of Christopher Nkunku made a huge impact as he looked to get back to full fitness.

A potential move to the Premier League is something the player himself has admitted he wants, with Chelsea one of the sides reportedly interested in a move.

Rose however has claimed he has made the request to keep Gvardiol for next season, despite knowing his end goal.

He said: “Josko Gvardiol will be a RB Leipzig player next season as well. I am the coach and I am asking for that. He is happy here. He said he wants to play in the Premier League, but he didn’t say when.”

Chelsea are likely to be back in the market for another defender when Thiago Silva eventually hangs up his boosts on what has been an illustrious career.

They brought in Benoit Badiashile last month as one of their numerous January signings. The Frenchman has shown signs of being a promising defender, however, that has only really been the case when playing alongside Silva.

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