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Chelsea’s hopes of signing Joso Gvardiol this summer have been dashed as the Croatian has signed a contract extension with RB Leipzig.

Gvardiol signed a one-year renewal with Leipzig that will keep him at the German club until 2027, bringing to an end the speculation over his future.

RB Leipzig CEO, Oliver Mintzlaff, made it clear that the player is not for sale and will see out his current contract amid reports of Chelsea submitting a mammoth £77m bid for the centre-back.

Speaking via the club’s official website, Gvardiol  said:

I am very happy to have signed an early contract extension through 2027, because there is a lot more that I want to achieve with RB Leipzig.

I can sense the club’s desire to help further my development. We are back in the Champions League, we won the DFB-Pokal last year and want to play for trophies once again this season.

I am very grateful to the club’s executives for including me in their long-term plans and want to continue their path with me on board.

Chelsea have signed Wesley Fofana from Leicester City but remain in the hunt for another quality addition to shore up their defence after conceding eight goals in their opening four English Premier League matches.

They will look to plug in the gaps in defence with Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly when they take on West ham at home on Saturday.

By Amara

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