Josko Gvardiol has ‘all the attributes’ needed to be a top modern defender – Chelsea have been told.
With the many reports in the media suggesting that the club are desperate to sign a new defender in the coming transfer windows, Gvardiol is a man that has been in the radar of the Blues since the summer transfer window.
The 20-year-old has shone in Qatar this month, playing a key role in Croatia reaching the knockout stages of the competition – and his performances have got many people excited about his ability.
Gvardiol suggested last week he was still open to a move to Stamford Bridge and Rio Ferdinand has opened up and told the club that the defender has all the attributes to be a top defender.
‘I have to say, he has been my favourite defender to watch in the tournament so far,’ Ferdinand told BBC.
‘He has got a great presence, he is happy for the battles, very physical and has a wand for a left foot.
‘He has got pace too and I think all those attributes you need as a modern day defender.
‘He can pay the ball over various distances, he has pinpoint accuracy. He beats any type of press, is comfortable on either foot and is as comfortable with the ball at his feet as he is running out with it defensively.
‘Also, the aggressiveness. He is willing to get forward, that youth, that fearlessness.
‘He has quick enough feet for someone of his size. Everything about him for me has been so positive.’