Maurizio Sarri & Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola glad Jorginho didn’t sign for Manchester City

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has explained why he is glad a move for Jorginho fell through as he joined Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea.

The Italian was hotly tipped to be heading to the Etihad after another impressive season with Napoli.

There were a whole host of clubs interested in him, with Manchester United also looking to sign the player over the summer.

Though, despite Manchester City being so close, the midfielder joined Chelsea in a deal thought to be worth around £50million.

He joined up with his former boss Sarri at Stamford Bridge and has since impressed in pre-season with the blues.

Now, Pep Guardiola has spoken out about how close they were to signing the player.

He has also explained why he was glad a deal was not forced through.

NAPLES, ITALY – NOVEMBER 01: Jorginho of SSC Napoli line up before the UEFA Champions League group F match between SSC Napoli and Manchester City at Stadio San Paolo on November 1, 2017 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Desire

That reason is that the Catalan boss only wants players that want to be at his club.

Safe to say, Jorginho’s head was turned when Chelsea went in for him and Guardiola did not need that.

“Yes, we were close but in the end, Jorginho decided to stay with Sarri,” he explained, as quoted by the Daily Mirror. 

“I want players who want to come here. He didn’t want that. Maybe it was a bit late to announce that but if you don’t want to come, don’t come.

“The blow would be to come here when he prefers Chelsea. Nobody put it in his head to come.

“We were so close, we believed it was done, but at the last turn he decided on Chelsea, like Alexis [Sanchez] with United.”

NAPLES, ITALY – MARCH 18: Jorginho of SSC Napoli drives the ball during the serie A match between SSC Napoli v Genoa CFC at Stadio San Paolo on March 18, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Man City eyeing late swoop for PSG midfielder Marco Verratti

One player who could be an alternative for Jorginho is PSG’s Marco Verratti.

The player has been linked with a potential move to Manchester City this summer.

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