Josko Gvardiol has been acquired by Manchester City on a five-year contract from RB Leipzig, which the club is thrilled to announce.
The 21-year-old joins Mateo Kovacic, another Croatian international, as the second signing of the summer transfer window ahead of the 2023–24 season.
Similar to Kovacic, Gvardiol started his professional career at Dinamo Zagreb, a team that has produced some of the most gifted Croatian players in history.
He won two Croatian League championships, one Croatian Cup, and one Croatian Super Cup during the two seasons he spent there before transferring to RB Leipzig in Germany.
Between the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons, Gvardiol played 87 times for the Red Bulls, scoring five goals and taking home two DFB-Pokal championships.
In helping Croatia reach third place in the 2022 World Cup championships in Qatar, he has earned 21 caps for the country.
Gvardiol said he is overjoyed to have made it to the Premier League and is eager to begin playing for his new team under Pep Guardiola.
“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.
“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, too, 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.”
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