Chelsea star denies claims he’s Maurizio Sarri golden boy

Date published: Saturday 9th March 2019 11:56 - James Marshment

Jorginho has played down all suggestions he receives favouritism from Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

The Brazil-born Italy midfielder has been identified as the man key to putting the coach’s ‘Sarriball’ possession-based game into practice on the pitch.

Jorginho, who like Sarri joined Chelsea from Napoli in the summer, has been described as untouchable in the Italian’s line-up, and one man who kept his place despite the side’s obvious struggles recently.

And while Chelsea have improved of late – Italian manager Sarri insists he is busy making transfer plans for the summer – Jorginho has denied he is the Chelsea head coach’s golden boy.

“I’m not special. I have a completely normal relationship with Sarri,” he told The Guardian.

“I don’t go out for dinner with him. I don’t go round to his house. I am just a player who can help him do the things he wants his team to do.

“He’s shouted at me when I’ve got things wrong, just as he has everyone else. I certainly don’t consider myself to be his golden boy.”

Jorginho was on target in the west London derby victory over Fulham last weekend but he has been subjected to booing from the Stamford Bridge crowd, and missed a penalty in the shoot-out defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final last month.


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