CHELSEA star Jorginho has sent a passionate message to fans who booed him after fighting claims he is Maurizio Sarri’s favourite.
Chelsea have drastically changed tactics this season from Antonio Conte’s pragmatic three-at-the-back system to Sarri’s possession-based style.
With that, the inclusion of Jorginho has been seen as a necessity by the Italian manager – who he brought with him from Napoli to become his on-field lieutenant.
But in recent weeks, fans have started to turn on the Brazil-born midfielder and a section of supporters even booed him as he came on as a sub against Malmo last month.
Several poor games have not done him any good, with losses against Bournemouth, Manchester United and Manchester City all coming in close proximity.
However, the Italy international has regained some of his form and scored his first goal from open-play against Fulham last weekend.
And Jorginho has a message for the fans after a topsy-turvy season.
He said: “I’m a normal player. Like all the other players. I don’t want to be special.
“It’s good, no, it’s perfect to be the same as everyone else. I don’t want to be a special one.
“The fans are entitled to have their opinion, to be supporters and think whatever they like.
“It also gives me strength to work more to change their views on me.
“Even if they think I am Sarri’s man, I want to show them why Sarri likes me, that I am a good player and they are wrong to have that attitude towards me.
“But I have never had any doubts. I believe in myself.
“I know how hard I am working and how much effort I am putting in. So, while I accept [the critics’] views, I don’t share them.
“I respect their opinion, I listen, I stay calm and work hard, trying to do better.
“I knew it was going to be a hard challenge over here. I knew it was going to be very tough, so I am comfortable with that and I am learning from my mistakes.”