CHELSEA midfielder Jorginho has spoken out about his troubles at the club, insisting “I’m not special”.
The Italy international moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window from Napoli for a £57.4m fee.
But, after a positive start to life in the Premier League, the 27-year-old has been criticised at times for his inconsistent performances.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is a keen admirer of Jorginho and knows him well from their time together in Naples.
And the midfielder has at times been used as a scapegoat for his manager’s failing ‘Sarri-ball’ tactics.
But he insists that he is not Sarri’s golden boy, despite the fondness and trust built up between the two.
“I’m not special,” he told The Sun. “No, I’m a normal player. I don’t want to be special, it’s not good. It’s perfect to be the same as everyone else. I don’t want to be the special one.”
“Even if they do think I am Sarri’s man, I want to show why Sarri likes me.
“So I want to show them I am a good player and they are wrong to have that attitude towards me.
“I’m a normal player. I don’t want to be special”
“I have a normal relationship with him, a relationship between two professionals. I don’t go out for dinner with him, I don’t go round to his house.
“Our work is very professional and he speaks and explains what he wants me to do, I try to understand that and do my best for the team.
“I don’t consider myself to be his golden boy. I just think that I am a player who can help him to do the things he wants to do.
“I am just a player like everyone else. He has certainly let me know what he thinks!
“He has shouted at me, told me I was getting some things wrong… and that is it, I am just a normal player like everyone else.
“I am very calm, because I know how hard I am working and how much effort I am putting in.
Jorginho needs no reminding he has still to convince Chelsea fans that he can impose himself on the Premier League.
“I accept their views but don’t share them,” he added. “I respect their opinion and that gives me strength.
“So I listen, I stay calm and work hard and I try to pay them back for their support on the pitch, by trying to do better.
“The fans are entitled to have their opinion of course, to be supporters and to think whatever they like.
“I respect that and it also gives me strength to work more to change their views on me.”