Italy international Jorginho has said, he chose to join Chelsea over Manchester City because of Maurizio Sarri’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Jorginho, who worked with Sarri at Napoli for three years, had been linked with a move to City in the summer with the midfielder’s agent later admitting a deal between his client and the Premier League champions had been agreed.
However, City were unable to finalise an agreement with Napoli, and Jorginho joined Chelsea in a deal worth €60 million.
He said, “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.”
Despite Jorginho having already been at Napoli for a year when Sarri arrived in 2015, it is under the Italian manager that his career blossomed. And Chelsea’s No. 5 said the pair do share a special relationship.
The midfielder said, “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.”
Sarri is known for his possession-based football and Jorginho said that, while the ex-Empoli boss is very tactical, he does focus mainly on the attacking aspects of the game.
Speaking of his manager’s ways, Jorginho said, “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.”