Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri agrees with claims that Blues midfielder Jorginho should be a contender for the Ballon d’Or.
The Italian, who has continued to star for his national team at Euro 2020, has already been talked up as a potential contender for the award by national teammate Lorenzo Insigne, having been a key cog in Chelsea’s successful pursuit of a second Champions League title.
Talking ahead of Italy’s last-16 Euro clash with Austria, the Napoli forward said: “He has spent some fantastic years at Chelsea and I am proud to have him in our team.
“I’m not the one deciding if he deserves the Ballon d’Or, but I hope he’ll be shortlisted, he deserves so, he is a great player.
“I call him the professor and we are all happy to play with him.”
Whilst Jorginho himself has admitted that he is not currently thinking about the prospect of the award, that has not stopped former boss Sarri talking up his chances of being recognised.
Speaking with Sportitalia, the 62-year-old said: “If the European Championship were to win [with Italy], it is clear that he would become one [a contender].
“He is a refined player, probably not understandable by everyone. You have to set your eyes on him and only watch him in the game. He is so good and intelligent that he makes everything seem easy, rarely anything spectacular remains in your eyes.
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“This is its greatness ”.
Sarri certainly knows Jorginho’s qualities more than most having been his manager at Napoli before signing him for Chelsea in his solitary season at Stamford Bridge, during the 2018/19 campaign.
The midfielder will continue his pursuit of collective glory on Wednesday evening as Italy do battle with Spain in the first semi-final of Euro 2020.