Jorginho’s Career Nearly Ended By Unscrupulous Agent
By Dan Tracey
When Maurizio Sarri was appointed as Chelsea manager almost twelve months ago, much was made of which players would then join him as new recruits to West London and arguably the one with the highest profile, was that of Jorginho.
The midfield general who had been Sarri’s most trusted on-pitch enforcer while at Napoli, was soon to follow and although the Italian international’s arrival was much heralded at the start, it is fair to say that he has struggled to acclimatise to life in the Premier League.
After Chelsea started last season brightly and ‘Sarri-ball’ was in vogue, many felt that the Blues could be serious championship contenders and that their new manager would have the perfect debut season at Stamford Bridge.
Unfortunately, once opposition managers worked out that the way to stop Chelsea, was to stop Jorginho, their form quickly took a turn for the worse and any hopes of a title challenge had already dissipated by the turn of the year.
Quite simply without Jorginho’s metronomic passing in the middle of the park, Chelsea’s supply line was cut off and with ‘Sarri-ball’ no longer working, it was the 27-year-old who was bearing the brunt of fans frustration.
While as uncomfortable as that may be for the man who cost Chelsea £57m, it’s arguably not the worst thing that Jorginho has had to deal with in his career and due to an unscrupulous agent, he might not even have had a career at all.
Many South American youngsters dream of making it big in European football and the naturalised Italian would have harboured those same hopes, when swapping Brazil for Italy at just the tender age of fifteen.
A move that took him to Verona and although they didn’t have an official youth team, that does not mean he was not kicking his heels either and an outfit known as Beretti would be the club that would be home to his formative years.
Making a cross-continent move is never easy at any age and Jorginho must have felt it harder than most, when he was having to live off of just 20 Euro a week, a situation he thought as normal until a chance conversation.
In a recent interview with the Chelsea website, their player went on to say
“Whilst I was playing for Berretti, I met a fellow Brazilian called Rafael who was a goalkeeper.
“I got friendly with him. He was asking me about what I was doing, how long I had been there for, and I told him I was living on 20 Euros a week”
Only when Rafael informed him this could not be right, did the penny drop and after some investigating, it was apparent that Jorginho’s representative had been funnelling his wages into his own bank account.
Poor and miles aware from home, Jorginho decided that enough was almost enough and sought the sanctity of home life and a return to his family, where he told his mother he no longer wanted to play the beautiful game.
However, his mother was persuasive enough to make sure he did not give up on his dream and he must be eternally grateful for that, because right now he is certainly earning a whole lot more than 20 Euros a week.
While although he may not be universally loved by Chelsea, there is no doubting the talent he has at his disposal and it could well be that a quick return to Italy is in the offing, with Maurizio Sarri once again hoping to link up with him at new club Juventus. An interesting summer certainly awaits.