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  • Updated: August 05, 2023

Gvardiol Joins Man City From Leipzig In £77.6 Million Deal

Gvardiol Joins Man City From Leipzig In £77.6 Million Deal

Croatia international Josko Gvardiol has joined Manchester City from RB Leipzig in a deal worth £77.6 million.

The 21-year-old defender signed a five-year deal with City, who won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League last season.

This is coming after manager Pep Guardiola revealed on Friday that he was undergoing a medical ahead of his arrival.

He now becomes City's second major signing of the summer following the arrival of fellow Croatian Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea in June for an initial £25 million.

"I have always dreamed of one day playing in England and to be doing so now with Manchester City - after the season they have just had - is a real honour for me," Gvardiol told City's website.

"Anyone who saw Manchester City play last season knows they are the best team in the world. 

"To win the treble says everything you need to know about the quality this team has.

"To be joining City is something very special for me and my family. 

"To have the chance to work with Pep Guardiola will be amazing. 

"I know I am not yet the finished article and I am sure my game will progress under the best coach in football.

"To be linking up with Mateo Kovacic will also be special. 

"He's a top footballer and I hope we can both help City achieve another successful season in 2023/24 and then beyond."

Gvardiol moved to Leipzig from Dynamo Zagreb in 2021 and was a key player for Leipzig in the 87 games he played.

He helped Leipzig qualify twice for the Champions League during his time in Germany as they finished fourth and third in the Bundesliga.

However, Leipzig were eliminated twice by City, finishing third in a group topped by the Premier League champions in 2021-22 and losing 8-1 over two legs in the round of 16 last season, including a 7-0 defeat at the Etihad.

He has scored twice in his 21 caps for Croatia and was included in the squad that helped his country to a third-place finish at the 2022 Qatar World Cup and a second-place finish in this year's Nations League.

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