By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Gvardiol "really struggled" after collapsed Chelsea transfer

RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol has reflected on his collapsed move to Chelsea in the summer of 2022.
Josko Gvardiol has admitted that "really struggled" after RB Leipzig refused to sell him to Chelsea last summer.

"I was really confused because one month before the window starts I was upstairs with the sporting director and he says, ‘Yeah Josko, we are not going to sell you, we need you, we believe in you,’ and I was like ok I am fine with this, I can stay here, I like it here, all I need is to work on myself, to play, to win something else," Gvardiol told The Times.

"It was like this until the last two days. My agent called me and said that Chelsea is extremely interested and, of course, you definitely think about a serious offer from a huge club like Chelsea. Leipzig said they didn’t want to sell me.

"In the end, I really struggled with that decision but we didn’t make an agreement. It is what it is. I am here and I am fine with this because my idea had been to stay here. One season was not enough. This is my second season, even one more season would be great but we will see."

21-year-old Gvardiol remains under contract with Leipzig until 2027.

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