Maurizio Sarri could leave Chelsea in the next few weeks to join Juventus to replace Massimiliano Allegri, but what happens to one of his most favoured players back in London if he indeed returns to Italy?
Jorginho was Sarri’s first signing at the club when he arrived from Napoli only a year ago. Two weeks after Sarri finally broke the chains in Naples to sign the dotted lines in London, Jorginho was a £40 million capture and Sarri famously described him as a player who can ‘move the ball quickly’, via the Metro.
Now the Guardian say the 60-year old is heading back to Italy to join the Serie A champions, but Jorginho’s future at the club will be uncertain if Sarri leaves him behind. He currently occupies the defensive midfield position, prompting N’Golo Kante to move ahead of him in the midfield area. That has been much criticized but Sarri kept faith with the ‘passer’ who gives his side a good base to begin attacks.
It’s unclear if another manager would prefer to have Kante meandering upfront when his defensive skills are needed at the base of the midfield. Jorginho, on the other hand, has not shown in recent years that he can play anywhere apart from his favoured position.
It will be interesting to know if he follows his boss to Italy or he stays and fights for his position with arguably the best defensive midfielder in the eyes of many coaches in football.