Leipzig newcomer Josko Gvardiol exclusive: “Messi is my idol, I’m based on Ramos and van Dijk”

Josko Gvardiol will appear for RB Leipzig from the coming season. At SPOX and goal the Croatian central defender from Dinamo Zagreb talks about the strengths of his style of play and reveals which world stars he orientates himself on.

“I would say that my game is physically based, but I can also bring in my technique,” said the 19-year-old, who is moving to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga this summer SPOX and goal. “I concentrate on the simple things. As a defender you should always communicate with your teammates, defensive work comes first. But I can also contribute something offensively.”

To do this, he wants to learn something from the best in the world. “My idol in general is Lionel Messi because there will only be such a player every 50 years,” said the Croatian. “In terms of position, I would say that I will orient myself towards Sergio Ramos and Virgil van Dijk.”

Leipzig is spending 16 million euros on Gvardiol’s services. In the second place in the Bundesliga, he is likely to replace Dayot Upamcecano, who is migrating to FC Bayern, in the defense headquarters. Before Gvardiol tackles his new task, the left-footer wants to achieve maximum success with Dinamo.

“I want to play as many games as possible by the summer and win the championship and the cup together with my teammates,” said Gvardiol, who has even bigger goals in mind after the surprise triumph in the Europa League round of 16 over Tottenham: “Of course we dream about winning the Europa League. The club deserves it. We’re going through a great phase right now, you can see the solidarity on the pitch. That’s the most important thing. “

RB Leipzig: Josko Gvardiol signed a long-term contract

In the quarter-finals, the Croatians will face Spanish representatives FC Villarreal at the beginning of April. Regardless of the outcome of the season, Gvardiol feels very grateful to his youth club.

“It is clear that youth work at Dinamo played a big role in my development. I spent ten years there, a period of my life that I will never forget,” he enthused. “It is well known that you can enjoy an excellent education there. Those who are talented can find their way into world football there. Many players who later became world stars are proof of that.”

Leipzig already bagged the transfer of Gvardiol in September 2020 and spoke in the person of sports director Markus Krösche of one of “the greatest European defensive talents. As a left-footer, we will be even more flexible with him in the squad. He is still a young player, who is, however, already very mature in his entire development – both athletically and personally, “said the Saxons happily. Gvardiol signed a contract until 2026.

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