In his recent Players’s Tribune article, in which he thanked all the haters for inspiring him to be better and become UEFA Player of the Year, Jorginho also touched on the close relationship he enjoys with his agent. Given the amount care and attention João Santos lavishes on his main man’s future, they might as well be family.
Santos will have to work even harder than usual in the near future however, with Jorginho entering the final two years of his contract, and the supposed interest from Italy only set to get louder, especially as he continues to play a key role for the Italian national team (though not by missing more penalties, ideally).
One thing does seem certain: Jorginho will return to Italy at some point, in a professional playing capacity at that. It might take a year or two or ten, but eventually he will. And his agent continues to ensure that those doors remain unlocked and perhaps even noticeably ajar.
“He has a contract with Chelsea until 2023. Obviously, it would be a dream for him to return to Italy, hopefully after winning the World Cup. We’ll have to see what the market looks like in a couple of years and what the other situations are.”
-João Santos; source: Radio Bianconera via MSN
Jorginho will be turning 30 in a few months, which means that he will have hit that semi-arbitrary age limit for multi-year contract extensions at Chelsea, making a return to Italy potentially even more enticing.
That said, Jorgi’s not thinking that far ahead, and is clearly ready to consider all options.
“I have no offers and I am not really thinking about it, to be honest. I am 29 years old and you are asking me where I’ll end my career. I want to play until 40! If they sign me to a 10-year contract…”
-Jorginho; source: SI
We can certainly and safely rule out a 10-year contract, but the next 10 months could be very important in terms of setting the next direction for Jorginho’s career.
Does he stay? Does he go? One thing’s for sure, Mr. Agent will play all the angles.