Rio Ferdinand says £75m star Tottenham want has been his favourite defender at the World Cup so far
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Rio Ferdinand says £75m star Tottenham want has been his favourite defender at the World Cup so far

Rio Ferdinand praised Tottenham-linked defender Josko Gvardiol ahead of Croatia taking on Japan in the World Cup this afternoon. The defender is a wanted man and having tasted a strong competition, his stock should rise after the tournament is finished.

Tottenham won’t be alone in the race to sign the RB Leipzig player. Leeds have also been cited with an interest, whilst other clubs from top European countries will also be monitoring the situation.

Gvardiol has featured in every game at the World Cup for Croatia. They qualified for the knockout stages as the group winners, with the heavily fancied Belgium side knocked out at that stage.

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The defender has been with his current club since 2021. He joined the Bundesliga outfit after coming through the youth ranks with Dinamo Zagreb and making 52 appearances.

Ferdinand is a huge fan of the 20-year-old. He knows all about what it takes to be a top centre back and he’s been full of praise for the player who is being heavily linked with Tottenham.

Ferdinand said live on BBC: ” I have to say he’s been my favourite defender at the tournament to watch so far.

“He has great presence, he’s happy for the battle, physical and has a wand of a left foot and he has pace as well.

“All those attributes are what you need as a modern-day defender.”

Gvardiol praised by Ferdinand and Tottenham must act

The defender has been desperately impressive at this World Cup. He’s struck up a strong partnership with Dejan Lovren and he looks set for some speculation surrounding his future.

Gvardiol is a man who clearly has a bright future ahead of him. Given Tottenham’s current options at central defence, it’s certainly no surprise to see the club linked with a defender.

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The Leipzig man might not be easy to sign. He’s not been with the Germans long and they won’t want to lose a player who is so important to them and valued at £75 million.

But the lure of the Premier League could be strong. If it is, Tottenham would be wise to act and get this deal over the line.

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