Maurizio Sarri hails Jorginho arrival


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New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says his first summer signing Jorginho offers much more in midfield than just strong defensive play.

The Brazil-born Italy international worked with Sarri for three seasons at Napoli before the manager made the switch to Chelsea, with Jorginho then becoming the first new arrival after the 59-year-old had taken charge at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho played in a deep role at Napoli and was largely regarded as a holding midfielder in Serie A, but Sarri feels the 26-year-old brings more to the table than his ability to break down possession.

“Jorginho is not a physical player, he is a technical player,” said Sarri, as reported by the Evening Standard.

“The most important quality is that he is very quick in the mind. So he has the ability to move the ball very quickly.”

Chelsea beat off competition from Manchester City to land Jorginho and Sarri indicated further new arrivals should be expected as he bids to put his own stamp on the squad.

He added: “I think at Naples I was very lucky to find many players very adapted to my way of football.

Very strong as players but very strong from a human point of view.

“So I think I was lucky to transport my way of football, my idea of football on the pitch.”

Chelsea are 13.00 to win the Premier League title in 2018-19 and 1.60 to secure a top-four finish, having come in fifth under Antonio Conte last season.

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