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Jorginho

BIOGRAPHY

Jorginho completed his move from Napoli to Chelsea in July 2018 and finished his first season a Stamford Bridge a Europa League winner. 

The Italian international is a highly technical midfielder capable of dictating the tempo of play in possession with quick passing and movement. He has most often been deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in a midfield three, using his ability to link defence and attack. 

Alongside his technical qualities, he is a combative player willing to put his foot in to regain possession, and his positioning without the ball further aids his effectiveness in front of the defence.

He was a near ever-present in his first season in England, playing 54 times for Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea and starting all but one of our league matches. 

Jorginho scored on his Premier League debut, converting from the penalty spot in our 3-0 win at Huddersfield. His first goal from open play was a stunning edge-of-the-box strike away to Fulham in March. 

It was a good answer to some critics who had circled followed our disappointing away form and defending earlier in 2019, but Jorginho quickly displayed his mettle by playing the best football of his Chelsea career yet as the 2018/19 campaign drew to a close. 

He bounced back from missing a penalty in the Carabao Cup final (having scored in the successful semi-final shoot-out against Spurs) to convert from 12 yards against Eintracht Frankfurt as we booked our place in Baku, where Jorginho produced arguably his best Chelsea performance yet to help us dominate against Arsenal. 

At the age of 15, Jorginho moved from Brazil, the country of his birth, to Italy, qualifying for citizenship there through his grandparents. He began his senior career at Verona, where he broke into the first team following a successful loan spell at lower-league side Sambonifacese. He was a regular as they won promotion to Serie A after an 11-year absence.

In January 2014, Jorginho joined Napoli. He enjoyed four-and-a-half excellent years at the San Paolo, where he won the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup, featuring prominently as they consistently challenged for the title and lit up Europe in the Champions League.