Revealed: Why Jorginho chose Chelsea over Manchester City

Jorginho and N'Golo Kante

Jorginho has told ESPN Brasil he chose Chelsea over Manchester City for Maurizio Sarri.

The midfielder shared a good relationship with the Italian coach from their time together at SSC Napoli.

Both player and manager arrived from Naples at Stamford Bridge over the summer

Jorginho on joining Chelsea: “Sarri’s arrival played a big part”

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 23: Maurizio Sarri, coach of Chelsea looks on prior to the international friendly between Chelsea FC and Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on July 23, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Jorginho claims that Maurizio Sarri and the size of Chelsea as a club swayed his decision over a move there this summer.

Manchester City were in the race to sign the 26-year-old but eventually lost out to the Blues.

Jorginho claims:

“There are a lot of things behind a negotiation process.

“I believe Sarri’s arrival played a big part on it.

“And there’s also the greatness of Chelsea, such a big club.

“So these factors helped me making my mind.”

Jorginho on Maurizio Sarri: “He’s always bantering”

NAPLES, ITALY – APRIL 08: Coach of SSC Napoli Maurizio Sarri gestures during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio San Paolo on April 8, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Since Sarri took over as manager of Napoli back in 2005, the pair have worked together ever since.

It was under Sarri that Jorginho’s career took off as the Italian transformed the Naples club.

The Italian midfielder has spoken of the “good relationship” that he shares with the now Chelsea boss.

Jorginho admitted:

“Yes, it’s a pretty good relationship.

“He’s always bantering, joking with me.

“He didn’t call me, because he’s not the type to be phoning players.

“But of course, through agents, I knew what his wish was and what kind of work would be put in here.”

Jorginho on Maurizio Sarri’s football: “Entertaining for us players to play in”

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea FC at London Stadium on September 23, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

When asked about Sarri’s style of football, Jorginho stated:

“Very offensive, very offensive

“He’s very tactical and he works a lot on the tactical aspects of the game.

“You can see the end product when you look at Napoli and how Chelsea are playing now.

“Good football to watch, entertaining for us players to play in, because there are always good moves and the players have fun playing under him.”


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