Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has insisted that former Blues manager Maurizio Sarri was not his friend. The Spaniard joined the West London side last summer from Napoli and arrived along with Sarri. Because of the fact that he arrived along with Sarri, many fans and pundits essentially viewed Jorginho as a “Sarri signing” with his performances arguably being more scrutinized than other players.

“He was my manager, he wasn’t my friend,” said Jorginho as quoted by Goal. 

“We worked together for four years but now it is another time and another page. Another time in my life. I look forward to that now.”

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Sarri made an unpopular decision with regards to Jorginho

One of the unpopular decisions which Sarri took with regards to Jorginho was opting to deploy him in the holding midfield role, ahead of N’Golo Kante. The Frenchman is considered to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the World and played the role to near perfection en route to helping Leicester City and Chelsea win Premier League titles. He also helped France to win the 2018 World Cup while playing in the role.

It will be interesting to see how Jorginho is deployed next season

Many fans and pundits did not really see any future for Jorginho once Sarri left the club to join Juventus. The player himself became linked with a potential move to the Old Lady of Italian football once Sarri went there. Under Frank Lampard, it looks as though Kante will return to his natural position as most fans want. This creates an interesting situation and it remains to be seen what will happen.

Regardless of what happens, Jorginho is likely to get considerable game time next season either as a first-team regular or as a squad rotation player. It is unlikely that he will be frozen out of the club’s plans completely. Chelsea face a two window transfer ban which means that they will be forced to utilize a few inexperienced players during the upcoming season. Most of the players with experience will have to play a big role on the pitch and behind the scenes and this includes Jorginho.