CHELSEA transfer target Josko Gvardiol has dealt them a huge blow by revealing he is happy to stay at RB Leipzig long-term.

The Croatian defender, 20, was already on the wishlists of a number of Premier League clubs thanks to his stellar displays in the Bundesliga.

Josko Gvardiol says he is planning to stay at RB Leipzig this summer

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Josko Gvardiol says he is planning to stay at RB Leipzig this summerCredit: Getty

However, his stock soared even higher thanks to his standout performances for Croatia at the World Cup.

Chelsea had a bid rejected in the summer but plan to go back in for Gvardiol at the end of the season – that is despite just spending £35million on Benoit Badiashile.

Tottenham are also interested while Man City boss Pep Guardiola is said to be keen to bring the ex-Dinamo Zagreb ace to the Etihad.

However, Leipzig’s director of sport Max Eberl claimed at the weekend: “We are not interested in giving up Josko Gvardiol in the summer.”

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And now the star himself has appeared to rule out an exit at the end of the season.

He said: “My plan is to stay here. I think everyone saw Max Eberl’s statement. That’s OK for me.”

Meanwhile, Gvardiol recently revealed his “dream club” in the Premier League – and it was bad news for the Blues, Spurs and City.

The 19-cap international said: “My dream club? That would definitely be Liverpool.

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“Since I was little, I watched a lot of their matches with my dad.

“We covered every season in detail. It is a club that has remained in my heart.”



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