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Rio Ferdinand has been filled with praise for Chelsea transfer goal Josko Gvardiol as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City joined the Blues within the race for the Croatian.

Gvardiol was the topic of a £77m bid from Chelsea last summer but RB Leipzig decided to maintain him on the club.

Ferdinand can see why there may be a lot interest

“I even have to say, he has been my favourite defender to observe within the tournament to this point,” the ex-United defender said during punditry for BBC Sport. “He has got an incredible presence, he’s pleased for the battles, very physical and has a wand for a left foot. He has got pace, too, and I feel all those attributes you wish as a modern-day defender.

“He can play the ball over various distances, he has pinpoint accuracy. He beats any style of press, is comfortable on either foot and is as comfortable with the ball at his feet as he’s running out with it defensively. Also, the aggressiveness. He’s willing to get forward, that youth, that fearlessness. He has quick enough feet for somebody of his size.

“Every thing about him for me has been so positive.”

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