RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol has claimed to IndexHR (via TuttoMercatoWeb) that he is waiting to see what happens this winter after Chelsea came close to signing him over the summer.

The Blues had added the Croatian to a long list of targets as they looked to rebuild their defence this summer, following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

However, the Bundesliga side’s insistence that he was untouchable saw the club look elsewhere, with them securing deals for Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Wesley Fofana.

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Despite the strong additions, news broke late in the window that they had entered advanced negotiations over signing Gvardiol, with the idea to loan him back to his current club for the season.

This would likely be as a replacement to Thiago Silva, who will surely not be able to defy age for much longer and perform at the highest level.

Gvardiol hints Chelsea will be back

While a deal didn’t come to fruition, Gvardiol has claimed that although he’s happy at Leipzig, he will be waiting to see what happens when the transfer window rolls around.

He said: “I feel great, I’m healthy. I was a little behind at the beginning of the season due to rehabilitation, now I’m waiting for the opportunities and minutes and I’m trying to use them as best I can.

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“I am happy at Leipzig, I still have a lot to learn and I need to work on myself. I have people looking after them, I haven’t thought about a transfer. We’ll see what will happen in winter.”

The signing would undoubtedly be a brilliant one for the future for the Blues, but also the present as he frequently shows his class in big matches already.

Being one of the nominees for this year’s Kopa trophy should give enough indication that signing Gvardiol is too big an opportunity to miss.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.