World Cup star Josep Guardiola has admitted he was disappointed with RB Leipzig’s decision to block a summer move to Chelsea.
The talented young defender was heavily linked with a move to big-spending Chelsea during the 2022 summer transfer window, but the move never materialised.
In an interview with The Times, Guardiola has revealed how close he came to a move to Stamford Bridge and his frustration at the move not coming to fruition:
“I was really confused because a month before the window started I was upstairs with the sporting director and he was saying, ‘Yes Josko, we are not going to sell you, we need you, we believe in you, ‘ And I was fine. I’m fine with it, I can stay here, I like it here, I just need to work on myself, play, win some more, like that for the last two days. was
“My agent called me and said that Chelsea are very interested and of course, you definitely think about a serious offer from a big club like Chelsea. Leipzig said they don’t want to sell me. In the end I Really struggled with the decision but we didn’t make a deal.
“It is what it is. I’m here and I’m fine with it because my idea was to stay here. One season wasn’t enough. This is my second season, even one more season would be great but we’ll see. will.”
Since that failed transfer, Chelsea have gone out and signed another highly-rated young defender from Ligue 1 side Monaco in the form of Benoit Badiashile.