Chelsea midfield maestro Jorginho has confirmed that he came close to joining Manchester City in 2018 before he signed for the Blues.
He had enjoyed an impressive four-and-a-half-year spell at Napoli up until the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
Maurizio Sarri, who managed Jorginho at Napoli, took over at Chelsea that summer. He brought the midfielder with him as the Blues signed him for around £50m.
Jorginho has been criticised at times but he has shone under Thomas Tuchel. He helped the Blues win the Champions League last season and later that summer he won Euro 2020 with Italy.
Chelsea face Manchester City on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League. Ahead of that game (as cited by Football London), Jorginho has confirmed that he came “close” to joining City in 2018:
“It was close, but it didn’t happen.
“That’s how it works sometimes in football. I’m very, very happy at Chelsea, it’s a massive club.
“Everything here at the moment is definitely so good because everyone is humble and that’s why we’re doing very well.”
Jorginho went onto shut down suggestions that he was only able to join Chelsea because ex-Napoli boss Sarri was in charge:
“[People who say] I got here because of Sarri because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here.
“They say I don’t deserve to be at this club because I wasn’t good enough, nah, that isn’t right; I have my value.”