With less than four weeks to go in the transfer window (or Day 1, as Chelsea would call it), the Blues managed to pull off possibly the gazump of the summer by pipping Manchester City to the signing of Jorginho.
Just in time for the delayed start of preseason training, the club plunked down at least £50m, with another £7m in potential add-ons due if the midfielder, as expected, continues his success in Maurizio Sarri’s system.
“Thank you, first of all, for the welcome. I am absolutely ecstatic to be here. It’s great to be part of such a big club, so I am very happy.”
“It’s the intensity that every team plays with in the Premier League. They do everything to always try to win.”
“I am really looking forward to this. I have been waiting for a long time and I can’t wait to start working with the manager and my teammates.”
Jorginho won’t have to wait too long to get started. He may be the only person at the club to be familiar with Sarri’s system at the moment, but that means that not only will he be relied on to do the things he was doing at Napoli, he will also have to lead by example and perhaps even teach his new teammates. Good thing he’s a selfless hard worker, who doesn’t mind working for the good of the team over any personal glories.
“I would describe myself as a tactically very tidy player. I work very hard for the team. I may not be full of tricks but I do the work for the rest of the team.”
Speaking of players who are not flashy but do the job for the team, N’Golo Kante is just one of the several players Jorginho’s looking forward to playing with at Chelsea.
“Who doesn’t know the Chelsea players? [laughs] Hazard, Willian, Kante and all the others. It will be an honour and a pleasure to play with them.
The new arrival then touched on the whole Manchester City situation, emphasizing the importance of Maurizio Sarri in his own decision-making. (His. Own. Decision.)
“The idea of coming to Chelsea was great but now knowing a manager that knows you very well and helped you grow is here as well was a very important factor for me.
“He’s an expert manager that has helped me a lot on the tactical side of the game. He’s taught me a great deal and has been as asset to my growth and development as a player.
Last but not the least, Jorginho outlined his intentions for the future and, of course, for winning lots of trophies.
“I will definitely do the best in my capabilities to make a mark on the game not only on the pitch but off it [the pitch] too. I hope I can win some trophies here at Chelsea.”
-Jorginho; Source: Chelsea Official App
We hope the same, Jorginho. We hope the same. May you have a long and successful career at Chelsea.
P.S. Both Sarri and Jorginho’s interviews are available to watch for free on Chelsea’s official app, “The 5th Stand”. The club’s making a big push to get people to install this thing, so you might as well do it. It’s not bad.