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Josko Gvardiol has confirmed that he had a “very, very good” offer from Leeds this summer before choosing to join RB Leipzig.
Gvardiol was one of several defenders who linked up with Leeds over the summer as it became clear that they couldn’t keep Ben White out of Brighton.
White had an impressive season on loan at Leeds in 2019-20, helping them gain promotion. However, Brighton was desperate to retain the defender, and Leeds was unable to meet the asking price.
Therefore, they had to turn their attention elsewhere. They eventually signed Diego Llorente and Robin Koch, but not before seeing their search for Gvardiol fail.
The teenager seemed ready for the next step after passing through the ranks of Dinamo Zagreb. Leeds was willing to make big promises to lure him to Elland Road.
However, seemed uneasy about the amount of playtime they were offering, preferring to join Leipzig for around 16 million euros and be loaned back to Dinamo.
Gvardiol has now opened up about why he made that decision.
“The offer from Leeds was also very, very good,” he said. Index (via Sports witness).
“But it was decided that Leipzig was a better option for the development of young players.
“An agreement was also reached that I could stay at Dinamo, so everything went great.
“I was under pressure while dealing with the transfer this summer. After solving it, I don’t care about any story or what is being written. “
Leeds’ offer was similar
When Gvardiol’s move to Leipzig was announced, his agent confirmed that Leeds had replaced the defender.
“It is true that he had an offer from Leeds, but he chose Leipzig for the sports project,” said Andy Bara. Calciomercato at the time.
“At an economic level the offers were practically the same.”
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