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Jorginho agent hints at Chelsea departure amid Juventus links

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:55, 6 February 2020

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho could leave the club to reunite with Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, according to the player’s agent.

Jorginho joined Chelsea from Napoli last season, following Sarri to Stamford Bridge, and was a key player in the Italian manager’s side.

Playing at the base of a midfield trio, Jorginho was tasked as being the transition between defence and attack, but received criticism from fans who, at the time, were disgruntled with Sarri’s style of play.

Will Jorginho and Maurizio Sarri reunite?: Five things to know…

  • Jorginho and Sarri first worked together at Napoli, when the Italian manager took over in 2015.
  • After three seasons, Sarri was appointed as Chelsea manager and signed Jorginho.
  • When Sarri left for Juventus last summer, Jorginho was once again linked with joining him.
  • He stayed at Chelsea and has been a key player for Frank Lampard, also being named vice-captain.
  • However, Jorginho is once again being linked with Juventus and his agent has refused to rule out a move.

When Sarri left Chelsea to join Juventus in the summer, after leading the Blues back into the Champions League and winning the Europa League, Jorginho was linked with following.

However, the Italy international stayed put and is once again a key player for Chelsea under Frank Lampard, being named vice-captain behind Cesar Azpilicueta.

Jorginho has missed just two Premier League games this season, one through suspension and another where he was rested, and has completed more passes than any other Chelsea player at 1,408.

He has also already recorded two assists in 23 Premier League appearances, having failed to record one last season, while creating 0.91 chances per 90 minutes.

But despite winning over a large part of the Chelsea support, Jorginho is once again being linked with a move to join Sarri at Juventus. And his agent, Joao Santos, has not ruled anything out.

When asked about another Jorginho-Sarri reunion, Santos told Tuttomercatoweb: “Why not?

“I am sure that some proposals will come, which he would obviously evaluate together with Chelsea.

“Even personally, he is doing very well at Chelsea, and I am sure that some important proposals will come because in his role there are not many high-level players like him around.”

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Jorginho under Sarri

Although the pair will be remembered for their work together at Napoli, it wasn’t Sarri who brought Jorginho to the club. The Italian midfielder joined in 2014, initially under Rafa Benitez, with Sarri taking charge a year later.

Including a season at Chelsea, Jorginho and Sarri spent four years together, with the midfielder playing 162 games in all competitions. Of those 162 games, Jorginho started 152 and was only taken off on 49 occasions — 12 of which came at Chelsea. He was also an unused substitute 39 times, but those often came in matches where his presence on the bench was a mere precaution in cup competitions.

Jorginho scored six goals in total for Napoli and Chelsea under Sarri, but four of those came from the penalty spot, including his first for the Blues last season against Huddersfield Town.