Italy midfielder Jorginho denies claims he wants Brazil switch

Italy midfielder Jorginho denies claims he wants Brazil switch

Jorginho has dismissed suggestions that he has asked to represent Brazil instead of Italy.

Reports indicated that the 25-year-old called the Italian Football Federation asking them for permission to switch to Brazil.

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However, Jorginho’s agent is adamant that such claims are false with Napoli releasing a statement also dismissing the media reports.

The player’s agent Joao Santos told Radio Crc: “Today in the Italian Press, a story appeared that Jorginho had called the Italian Federation to free him in favour of Brazil.

“In all the years I’ve been in the football world I’ve never heard of such absurdity. Jorginho, moreover, wouldn’t even be allowed to make that phone call.

“We’re talking about something which is only between the federations and institutions, not people. It also depends on the choices of the two national team Coaches.

“At the moment neither of the two has called him, he’ll choose the first national team that calls him. We’re waiting for November for the next matches.”

Although he was born in Brazil, Jorginho moved to Italy at the age of 15 and has Italian grandparents.

He has played twice for Italy in friendlies, featuring against Spain and Scotland in 2016, while he was also on the bench against Germany, but he is yet to represent the Azzurri in a competitive fixture.

Jorginho wasn’t selected by either nation for the latest round of international fixtures. Brazil have already secured their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia, but Italy must take part in a play-off.

Excellent at retaining possession, Jorginho has been successful with 92 per cent of the passes that he has attempted in Serie A this season, while he has averaged two defensive actions per game.

Jorginho has an average pass length of 14m in Serie A this season