[인터풋볼] Reporter Dong-Hun Shin = Chelsea have selected Yosuko Gbardiol as a replacement for Antonio Rudiger, but it will not be easy to sign him.
German ‘Sky Sports’ reported on the 26th (Korean time), “It is a fact that Rudiger is leaving Chelsea. A move to Real Madrid is likely. Chelsea, who are looking for a replacement, are eyeing Gbardiol. Coach Thomas Tuchel is also known to want him.”
Rudiger is the key to coach Tuchel’s defensive tactics. Rudiger, who plays as a left-hand stopper, is able to defend Chelsea’s rear with great aggressiveness and stable defense, and also helps in the development of attacks by driving the ball forward momentarily. He is also a player who shows off his attacking instincts in set-piece situations or when a mid-range shooting angle comes out. He was influential in many ways and was favored by coach Tuchel.
Everyone wanted a new contract, but Rudiger refused. He is set to say goodbye to Chelsea on free agent status alongside Andreas Christensen. The signing of a centre-back for Chelsea has become a necessity, not an option. This is because they are lacking in numbers apart from qualitative ones. While several candidates including Wesley Popana were up and down, Gbardiol was also on the list.
Gvardiol is a Croatian national centre-back, born in 2002. When he was growing up at Dinamo Zagreb, he was considered to be the key to defending the Croatia national team. This is because he has good physical strength and good defense and has many opportunities in Zagreb’s first team. He went on to qualify for the Croatia A national team and joined Leipzig to complete his big league appearance.
He is a left-footed centre-back. Gvardiol is highly regarded as he has good physical strength, excellent defense and forward movement, and has multi-functionality that can handle both left center back and left back. British public broadcaster ‘BBC’ said, “In Germany, Gbardiol is compared to Virgil van Dyck, Thiago Silva and Sergio Ramos. That’s why he’s so talented.”
It could be the perfect replacement for Rudiger. He is still young and has endless potential for growth. Chelsea are reevaluating their appetite, but there are many obstacles. Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich, was disciplined in the aftermath of the Russian-Ukrainian war. Gbardiol has a contract extension until 2026 and will demand a large transfer fee as he is a key player.
In other words, it is highly likely that Chelsea will not even be able to make an offer to Gbardiol. An opportunity to invest in Gbardiol will arise only when the club’s internal problems are resolved. Gbardiol is a Chelsea player that can be overlooked as he is interested in other teams such as Tottenham Hotspur.