Jorginho’s agent has made it a (somewhat annoying) habit to keep his main man’s name in just about every Sarri conversation, and that’s been especially true over the past couple months as the former Chelsea boss has been increasingly linked with a return to Napoli at the end of the season.
While their form has improved in recent weeks, Gennaro Gattuso isn’t expected to survive beyond the season, with Sarri apparently on deck after clearing the air and any residual awkwardness with Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis after what was a contentious exit (to Chelsea) in 2018.
Should Sarri be appointed at Napoli (or any other team, really), we can expect a deluge of Jorginho transfer rumors to follow — even though Jorginho himself has been adamant about wanting to get out from under Sarri’s second-hand smoke, figuratively and literally.
His agent was more than happy to set the table yesterday in yet another interview with Napoli radio.
“Sarri’s return to Napoli with Jorginho is a good idea. The player has a 2.5-year contract with Chelsea and it is an important contract.
“[But it] is possible, of course. We have to see what De Laurentiis thinks. Naples is a city that Jorginho loves very much, which has marked an important part of his career. Sarri was an important coach for him, with whom he expressed himself at very high levels.”
-Joao Santos; source: Radio Kiss Kiss
Jorginho’s situation at Chelsea has actually improved significantly over the past month and a half, and he’s become a key player once again under Tuchel after sliding down the pecking order under Lampard. That has made the decisions that have to be made this summer a bit harder and a bit more complicated. Jorginho will have two years left on his contract, but he will be turning 30 next season, which is the cutoff point for new long-term deals at Chelsea — assuming we’d even offer him one.
So, this time Mr. Agent, you might get your wish.