Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Axed Chelsea boss Conte releases statement

Axed Chelsea boss Conte releases statement

Italy global Jorginho turned down a move to Manchester City to join Chelsea, and he has now commented on his move to Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho played an important role in Sarri's Napoli and the deep-lying playmaker is seen as the ideal fit for the high-tempo, possession-based style of play that the new boss is expected to bring to Chelsea.

The 48-year-old had a year remaining on his contract, but has left the Blues 55 days after lifting the FA Cup in his final match in charge.

Sarri gave his assessment of Jorginho, who joined Chelsea after the London club fended off competition from City for his signature, and he was glowing in his account of the Italian midfielder's capabilities.

'I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League.

"For me it will be very exciting to play against Guardiola, Pochettino, Mourinho, Klopp and the others".

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Having been linked to now-filled posts with Italy and Real Madrid, Conte is expected to take a sabbatical and added: "I hope Chelsea will continue to be successful and I wish everyone well for next season".

The big centre-back has grown into one of the most feared defenders in Europe over the past couple of years and Maurizio Sarri is reported to be considering bringing the player with him to Stamford Bridge.

But Sarri's first words after being unveiled Chelsea manager has got fans excited.

Jorginho - who will wear the number five shirt at his new club - was a pivotal player for Napoli, helping them win the Coppa Italia in 2014 less than six months after his arrival from Verona.

Both Hazard and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois publicly said they were seeking clarity on Chelsea's coach before deciding whether to sign new contracts.

The Italian, who has signed a three-year deal, will likely oversee a host of changes around the club and within the squad.

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