Italian ‘Regista’ warns his manager of betrayal with Juventus links

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has admitted that it would be sad for his current manager Maurizio Sarri to leave the Blues after just a single season in charge in London.

Speaking to the press ahead of Italy’s EURO 2020 qualifiers against Greece and Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Italian international feels that the 60-year-old did a good job this season, despite the criticism and speculation that has surrounded him from both the media and certain portions of the Chelsea fanbase since he moved to Stamford Bridge from Napoli last summer.

Sarri led the Blues to a third-place finish in the Premier League and his side thumped Arsenal 4-1 in the UEFA Europa League Final last week.

Chelsea also reached the final of the Carabao Cup, losing to the domestic treble winners Manchester City on penalties, but the club’s fans regularly aired their disapproval over the Italian’s tactics.

“He did a good job for Chelsea. There was some criticism, but ultimately we finished third, won a cup and lost another in a Final.

I think it was a great season, and I’d hate to see him go.”

Since Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League Final last week, there has been wild speculation from both England and Italy that Sarri is unsettled at Chelsea and reportedly on the verge of becoming Juventus’ next manager after the departure of Massimiliano Allegri.

And for Jorginho, who moved with Sarri from Napoli, has made it quite clear and warned his boss that by taking up the Bianconeri hot-seat would be seen as a betrayal by the Naples’ faithful.

“The Napoli fans still have him in their hearts, it’s normal that they could get angry.

They’re passionate, they can give you everything. They could treat it as a betrayal, they’re like that. We’ll see what happens.”

As well as Sarri, Jorginho has been criticised by sections of the Chelsea support for his perceived negativity in possession in his first term in England.

Jorginho being unveiled to Chelsea fans alongside Maurizio Sarri last summer (Photo – Chelsea FC)

However, the 27-year-old believes he has proved his doubters wrong.

“I received a lot of criticism maybe because in England they are not accustomed to seeing a playmaker with my skills. It was difficult for them to understand it because the results were not good.

They needed to find someone to blame. But I always believed in myself and I kept going. At the end, I showed to everyone that they were wrong.”

An elite player with an elite mentality, who started to win round fans and the media with his performances in the final third of the season, with multiple stats to prove how valuable he has been to Chelsea’s success and how much of a mark he has already left on the Premier League scene.

Here’s hoping to greater success for him next season, especially from an individual standpoint.

Jorginho celebrates scoring the winner in the 2-1 win over local rivals Fulham (Photo – Metro)

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