Jorginho reveals the Chelsea spell that got him “so upset” and responds vehemently to detractors.
For his Champions League and Euro 2020 achievements, Jorginho was just named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.
Jorginho, a Chelsea midfielder, has expressed his dissatisfaction with the way he was treated by fans when he initially joined the club in 2018. Maurizio Sarri recruited the Italian for a massive £50 million to play at the base of the midfield.
Despite winning the Europa League at the end of his only season in charge, Sarri never managed to win over the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Jorginho was regarded as the face of the Maurizio Sarri era, having played a key role for the much-maligned head coach at Napoli before joining Chelsea that summer.
After only one season, Roman Abramovich replaced the Italian with Frank Lampard. Jorginho was meant to be phased out gradually, but instead blossomed into a key figure under the Blues’ hero.
Since then, the 29-year-old has shone under new manager Thomas Tuchel, assisting Chelsea in winning the Champions League in May. After that, he had success with Italy at Euro 2020.
Jorginho was named UEFA’s Best Men’s Player of the Year for his outstanding performances in both tournaments. The player has spoken about his tumultuous beginnings in West London, insisting that the criticism provided him “fuel” to keep going and achieve.
Jorginho remarked in The Players’ Tribune, “My start at Chelsea made me miss [Napoli] even more.”
“Do we all recall what they were saying? I was moving too slowly. I was far too frail. Sarri’s son I was. It enraged me to no end.
“But, listen, they misjudged me. I’ve had a rocky start in every club I’ve ever been a part of. Each and every club. It’s fantastic.
“When I arrived in Verona, no one was interested in me. They assigned me to the fourth division on loan. Nobody else wanted me to be there.
“However, I persisted in my efforts and earned respect. I returned to Verona, and we were promoted to Serie A. I had a difficult year at Napoli as well, until Sarri arrived and transformed everything.
“How’s it going with Chelsea? Puh! I simply used the criticism as a source of motivation. These people are going to be ashamed, I thought.
“And now I’m sitting here with two titles: the Europa League and the Champions League. So, to all the naysayers, I’d like to say, “Brinkwire Summary News.”