Jorginho’s agent has admitted his player is a man in demand – but is adamant the Italy midfielder will stay at Chelsea into the 2021/22 season.
The Italy international has proved a key figure for the Blues since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2018. He initially followed Maurizio Sarri to London from Naples, but has kept his place under Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel. Indeed, he has made 141 appearances for Chelsea, close to the 160 he racked up in over four years at Napoli.
Nevertheless, talk of a return to Serie A has followed Jorginho around throughout his Blues career.
His agent admitted recently that clubs in the Italian top flight could be tempted into trying to sign him if the opportunity arose.
Now that agent João Santos claims he’s been the subject of some firm approaches.
Speaking to Radio Marte [via Sport Witness], Santos is adamant the player is enjoying his football and says his immediate goal is Euro 2020 success with Italy.
“Jorginho is very well, he has won the Europa League and the Champions League and now the goal is to win the Euro. Yesterday he showed serious, proactive football with results,” he said.
“Obviously he won the Champions League and therefore there are enquiries from the main teams in Europe.
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“But in my opinion he will stay at Chelsea next year. Because the next goal is to play the World Cup in Qatar with Italy. And by staying at Chelsea he has great chances of doing so.”
As well as targeting more glory with Chelsea, Santos admits Jorginho is loving life under Tuchel. And that appears another strong reason for his stay.
“The coach arrived in January, the team were not doing well. He gave more space not only to him but also to others.”
Jorginho happy to stay at Chelsea
Jorginho’s current deal expires in summer 2023.
Speaking back in May, he outlined his happiness with life at Stamford Bridge.
“Of course, I do feel settled,” the 29-year-old told Goal. “When I came here, everything was different. But I felt welcome straight away.
“It feels great after three years, and I know everyone here appreciates what I try to do for the club and for the people. So it feels like home now in England.
“It’s definitely not the time to think about contracts with two finals to play!
“How could I want to leave the club? That’s not the point. It’s not the point even talking about it now,” he added.
“I’ve got two more years and like I said, I really feel at home here. So there’s no point actually even talking about it.
“And we have only just started under Thomas – we’ve got a lot more to do here.”