“I dreamed of playing in England one day and it is a great honor to join Manchester City.”
City officially announced the signing of ‘Croatian Iron’ Josko Gvardiol on its official website on Friday (May 5).
“Gvardiol becomes the second signing of the transfer window ahead of the 2023-24 season, joining fellow Croatian international Mateo Kovacic,” the club said. The deal is for five years.
Even in his early 20s, Gvardiol is already making a name for himself as a world-class defender. During the 2022-23 season with Leipzig, he made 41 appearances and scored three goals.
At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he wore the Croatia jersey and led his country to the quarterfinals. His dominant defensive performances attracted interest from several top clubs.
“I dreamed of playing in England one day and it’s a great honor to join City,” Gbardiol said in an official interview after joining the club.
“Anyone who has watched them play knows that they are the best team in the world. To join them is very special for me and my family.”
Gbadiol also spoke about Pep Guardiola. “It’s amazing to have the opportunity to work with Pep,” he said.
For Kovacic, who will now play for the national team as well as City, “It’s also special to be with him. He’s obviously a top player and I hope he can help us enjoy another successful season in 2023-24 and beyond.” 꽁머니사이트
Meanwhile, Gervinho, an uncommon left-footed center back, will form the world’s most expensive center back line alongside Jubeng Dias. His transfer fee is reportedly £78 million ($133 billion), which is only slightly less than Harry Maguire, who left Leicester City for Manchester United.
However, City are very happy with the deal. They’ve landed an outstanding center back while avoiding the pressure of breaking a world record. After being quiet in the transfer market this summer, City reeled in a big fish from beneath the surface.