|photo from RB Leipzig
by Anthony J. Merced
Josko Gvardiol only spent two seasons with RB Leipzig and will now be moving on to Manchester City for a record 90 million Euros. The move comes as a surprise given the relatively young age of the defender, combined with his limited experience in a top league.
"I'm very grateful to RB Leipzig for making it possible for me to join Manchester City now," said Gvardiol. "My time with RB Leipzig has helped shape and develop me immensely, both as a player and as a person."
Gvardiol joined from the Dynamo Zagreb academy in 2021 and quickly worked his way into the starting lineup. The departure of players like Nordi Mukiele and Dayot Upamecano cleared the way and the young Croatian made sure to take advantage.
Over two season Gvardiol was in important part in the team winning their first two major trophies, the 2022 and 2023 DFB Pokal. He also helped lock in the defense to secure knockout stage appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
"Considering his wishes and the financial packages, which makes him the most expensive defender in history, we weighed up all parameters and ultimately decided to agree on a transfer," said Leipzig Director of Sport Max Eberl.
Leipzig won't be without options as they have brought in a number of new players and will be one of the richest clubs in the transfer market. Whether it keeps them as contenders in the Bundesliga remains to be seen.