Jorginho reveals how he disagreed with Maurizio Sarri about Chelsea move, reacts to criticisms about his style

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has revealed his desire to move to Manchester City before his switch to Stamford Bridge in 2018.

Former Blues manager Maurizio Sarri eventually brought the Italian international with him from Serie A side Napoli and he has become a key player for both Thomas Tuchel and Roberto Mancini in the national team set-up.

Jorginho told L’Equipe: “I had been working with [Maurizio] Sarri for three years, so when he wanted me at Chelsea, I didn’t really want to go.

“I had started discussions with Manchester City and I could see myself there already.

“But hey, Chelsea insisted, and I’m very happy here today, especially after such an incredible 2021.”

“It was absolutely surreal. I use the word ‘surreal’ because what is happening to me is so huge that I can hardly believe it. I couldn’t even dream of it.”

The 29-year-old has been widely tipped to win the Ballon d’Or after his performances that led Chelsea to the Champions League and the Azzuri to a European Championships win.

His style hasn’t always meant he is a stand out, but his ability to circulate the ball is like very few in the game.

He continued: “It’s true that people don’t see me too much.

“I stay in the shadows. I’m not like N’Golo [Kante] who runs around for 90 minutes and steals 300 balls per game.

“I’m not like [Mateo] Kovacic who managed to dribble past two players before throwing himself forward.

“Me, I am more the one who fluidifies the whole move, puts oil in the engine.

“I’ve managed to gain the trust of my team-mates, so when I tell them where to go, they listen to me and it’s very rewarding.”

Thomas Tuchel pushes Chelsea to sign Bundesliga “gem” as Real Madrid, Barcelona join chase for youngster

Chelsea have reportedly begun making moves to sign Bayer Leverkusen gem Florian Wirtz whom Thomas Tuchel considers a “priority” transfer target.

According to a report from Catalan outlet El Nacional, as cited by the Chelsea Chronicle, Chelsea are ready to make their move for Wirtz.

The 18-year-old prodigy, valued at €100 million by Bayer Leverkusen, is also being courted by Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The report claims Tuchel has already informed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that the signing of the 18-year-old is a priority.

El Nacional also mentioned that Chelsea have made their moves, but Leverkusen rate the teenager as a €100million (£85.4m) talent.

That is even higher than the £75.8m (Sky Sports) the west London outfit paid for Kai Havertz last year.

Wirtz has been absolutely phenomenal. He has already had seven goals and seven assists from 13 appearances in the Bundesliga and the Europa League this term.

He is often compared to Havertz for obvious reasons, as well as their versatility as an attacking midfielder.

Real Madrid are reportedly also closely following the teenager. Having already missed out on Havertz, the report said they do not want history to repeat itself.

The Spanish media claims that Barcelona are also interested in Wirtz, who apparently grew up as a Barcelona fan, idolising Xavi Hernandez and Andreas Iniesta.

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Germany boss provides injury update on Kai Havertz

Chelsea forward Kai Havertz has missed some training sessions for Germany this week due to a pain in his thigh, but Germany manager Hansi Flick has given a positive update on the 22-year-old.

He stated that the youngster is available for selection for their match against Armenia today.

He sat out of Thursday’s emphatic 9-0 win over Liechtenstein due to suspension but has since returned to training with Die Mannschaft.

Havertz then missed training yet again on Friday due to the same issue but, thankfully for Blues fans, Flick provided an update on the injury on Saturday, with Germany in action against Armenia on Sunday in Yerevan.

“Marc [ter Stegen] will play from the beginning, we also assume that Kai can play,” said the former Bayern Munich boss.

“He trained with the team for the first time today, he is fit and will play from the start.”

Havertz has so far played 16 matches for Chelsea this season and already has four goals and two assists to his name.