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Jorginho not going anywhere, ‘just getting started’ under Tuchel

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Jorginho’s Chelsea career has certainly seen its fair share of ups and downs, perhaps best summed up in a tweet that appeared on my timeline in the wake of the tirefire that was the pseudo-own goal against Arsenal. “I admire Jorginho taking months of built up good will and lighting it on fire in spectacularly useless fashion,” said former StatsBomb-er Mike Goodman as Jorgi-boy added to his oft-criticized (secondary) assist tally but for the wrong team.

Like defenders or goalkeepers, Jorginho plays a position that lends itself to memorable and impactful failures punctuating steady and solid (and often non-impactful directly by definition) play. But he has still managed to divest himself of the “Sarri’s Son” narrative to a large extent, and that’s certainly credit to his determination and his leadership, both of which have been recognized with the Vice-captaincy since 2019.

The 29-year-old continues to divide opinion of course, but while he’s never too far from a return to Italy rumor, he says he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

“I do feel settled. [...] 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 [...] 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.

Jorginho has been one of several players who have seen increased involvement under Tuchel — Mateo Kovačić’s long absence is helping as well — and he’s missed just one game in our last twelve, starting ten, and general playing solid football along the way with a few head-turning performances, even, such as against Real Madrid.

With two finals and a top-four place on the line in the next two weeks, that’s the Jorginho we’re going to need for at least a bit longer, regardless of what may actually happen this summer.

“We have only just started under Thomas – we’ve got a lot more to do here.”

-Jorginho; source: PA via Yahoo!

So say we all.