Officially! Gvardiol, to Manchester City

Manchester City completed the signing of Croatian centre-back Joško Gvardiol this Saturday from Leipzig for 90 million eurosand places it under the most expensive fenders in history of football.

Gvardiol, 21, known as “Little Pep” because of his name’s resemblance to City manager Pep Guardiola, He is one of the top rated defenders in the world and cemented his reputation with impressive performances for Croatia at the last World Cup.

the defender signs five-year deal with Citywho won three trophies last season: the Premier League title, the Champions League and the FA Cup.

“Anyone who saw Manchester City play last season knows they are the best team in the world,” said Gvardiol. “Winning the treble says everything you need to know about the quality of this side. Joining City is very special for me and my family.”

With Leipzig, Gvardiol won the German Cup two seasons in a row and played in the Champions League.

The transfer fee ranks him among the likes of Manchester United’s Harry Maguire, who cost £80million when he came from Leicester in 2019, and Virgil van Dijk, who joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75million in 2018.

“He’s a player we’ve been watching closely and we think he has excellent qualities,” said City sporting director Txiki Begiristain. “He’s been eyed by the best clubs across Europe so it’s great news for us to bring him here. Josko has so many qualities, everything you could wish for in a center.” He is fast, competitive, fighting, good in the air, impressive in possession, with a lot of confidence and good character.. “He’s also left-footed, which gives us good opportunities at the back,” added Txiki.

“Do you have the opportunity Working with Pep Guardiola will also be great for me” said Gvardiol. “I know I’m not finished yet and I’m sure my game will progress with the best football coach,” assured the defender.

Gvardiol is City’s second signing of the summer after his Croatian team-mate Mateo Kovacic, who replaced Ilkay Gundogan in the team.

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