Wednesday 12 December 2018

Chelsea recruit Jorginho plans to treat Premier League fans to new style of play

The Blues have touched down in Australia ahead of a match against Perth Glory.

Jorginho will be reunited with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea (Scott Heavey/PA)
Jorginho will be reunited with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea (Scott Heavey/PA)

By Jim van Wijk, Press Association Sport

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho believes he can offer something never seen before in the Premier League as the squad prepare to embrace the “wonderful work” of new boss Maurizio Sarri.

Italian tactician Sarri and his squad, along with new assistant first-team coach Gianfranco Zola, touched down in Australia on Thursday ahead of Chelsea’s pre-season match against Perth Glory.

The signing of midfielder Jorginho on a five-year contract from Napoli, for a fee of around £50million, sees the Brazil-born Italian swiftly reunite with Sarri.

Jorginho is confident both he and Sarri – appointed on a three-year deal to replace compatriot Antonio Conte in the Stamford Bridge hotseat – can make an impact in their first campaigns in English football.

“Today everyone watches the Premier League so I have watched plenty of it in my time. It is a fantastic league, the best in the world I think,” Jorginho said on the Chelsea website.

“Perhaps my style of play is not something that is seen in England, I really hope that it is a good fit for the game over here and I will certainly be doing everything I can to make sure it works out.

“I like playing just outside of my own penalty box, the player who receives the ball and organises the game.”

Italy midfielder Jorginho (right) has followed new Chelsea boss MaurizioSarri from Napoli to Stamford Bridge (Nick Potts/PA)

Jorginho added: “Since I was little I was someone who always enjoyed challenges and for me this is just a huge challenge, professionally and personally.

“It really inspires me, this opportunity to really have an experience and I am really excited about that opportunity.”

During a press conference at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Sarri spoke of his desire to tackle a “difficult challenge, but a fascinating one”.

New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is ready for the challenge ahead at Stamford Bridge (Steve Paston/PA)

Jorginho has no doubts about what qualities the former Napoli boss can bring.

“He is someone who does wonderful work, he is right on top of everything that is going on on the pitch,” said the Italy midfielder, who was also on Manchester City’s radar.

“When the weekend comes around and you have a game, you start that game knowing how every situation is going to pan out on the field offensively and defensively, and that is something that really helps you in your work.

“He is a very straightforward person, he is easy to communicate with, he is very approachable and that is something that also helps the players.”

Neither midfielder Eden Hazard nor goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made the trip to Australia, as both have been given extra time off after helping Belgium finish third at the World Cup in Russia.

At his unveiling on Wednesday, Sarri said he wanted to meet the players “face to face” for talks, with speculation surrounding both men and possible big-money transfers to Real Madrid.

Who is your sportstar of the year?

Vote in the Irish Independent Sport Star Awards and you could win the ultimate sports prize.

Prizes include, a trip to Old Trafford to watch Man United take on Liverpool in the Premier League, tickets to Ireland's home games in the Six Nations, All Ireland football and hurling final tickets and much more.

Simply click here to register your vote

Press Association

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport