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Real Madrid Have A Chance At Signing This Croatian Powerhouse: Should Ancelotti Bring Him In?

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According to a recent report from Football.London, it was mentioned that Real Madrid could have a chance at acquiring Croatian prodigy Josko Gvardiol. When asked by Relevo whether there’s a possibility of playing for Los Blancos in the future, RB Leipzig’s first-choice defender replied: “Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world, so who knows? Maybe one day I can play there.” Going further to say “I would like to, yes. Real Madrid, there’s no need [to learn about the club], I already know everything. I know it’s the biggest club in the world and how important it is to be linked to such a team.”

Gvardiol’s Campaign With RB Leipzig And His Nation

Gvardiol is experiencing a solid campaign at the Red Bull Arena as he has put in a series of impressive displays in the backline. He has found the back of the net on one occasion over 17 appearances for the German outfit so far across all fronts. He has even helped Croatia qualify for the knockout rounds of the 2022 FIFA World Cup featuring in all three matches held in the group stages.

The Croatian international has not racked up impressive numbers for his club as he has only averaged 0.4 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per game in the Bundesliga. However, he has been consistent and reliable for his nation after averaging 1.3 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 5.7 clearances per game while also keeping a clean sheet against Belgium that got them into the knockout stages. He has been accurate when distributing possession from the back, after completing 89.1% of his attempted passes in the German first division and similarly having a pass completion rate of 89.9% in the World Cup (stats via whoscored).

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Should Ancelotti Bring Him To Real Madrid Next Summer?

Real Madrid are known for keeping an eye out for players performing exceptionally in the biggest tournament of football in search of potential signings that they can make in the upcoming transfer windows to bolster their squad. They’ve had a history of doing so in the past and acquiring phenomenal talents to help them achieve their objectives in becoming one the biggest contenders in European football.

The 20-year-old defender has a solid presence in the defensive third as he can sense the danger quickly to clear his lines and also make some crucial interceptions to win the ball back for his side. He has shown to have immense potential and the physical attributes to become one of the best in Europe at such a tender age.

The Croatian centre-back has caught the eye of several clubs through his impressive performances and has the quality to outclass many defenders in the next few years. Carlo Ancelotti would be wise to make contact with him and deem him as a potential target next summer as he wishes to play for Madrid in the future. Gvardiol could become a regular in the foreseeable future and last a decade at Santiago Bernabeu similar to those before him.

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