New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has hinted that Jorginho will play in a different role to the one he enjoyed under Maurizio Sarri.
Jorginho literally arrived at Chelsea on the very same day Sarri was appointed as manager last July in a £57m transfer from Napoli.
The duo worked together at Napoli for three of Jorginho’s four years at the club, and Sarri made it a priority to take his fellow Italian with him to Stamford Bridge. He then shifted fan favourite N’Golo Kante out of his favoured deep midfield role for the old star.
But Sarri is no longer at Chelsea after leaving for Serie A champions Juventus last month. Therefore, Lampard has replaced the 60-year-old and clearly has different ideas to his predecessor.
Fortunately for Jorginho, though, it appears he does still have a future in London as Lampard talked up his leadership qualities.
“Jorginho is a fantastic player,” said Lampard, according to the Express.
“The one thing that has struck me about him from working with him in the last week and a bit is not just his quality on the ball, I saw that last year.
“We know all about his comfort on the ball and bravery to receive the ball in any area. It is not something that’s normal to receive the ball in tight areas and deal with the ball and keep doing it constantly.
“But his attitude in training has been first class. He’s a driver of a session.
“He’s a voice. He runs, he pushes people around him, he drags people up when he doesn’t feel they’re working as much as he might want.
“I’ve loved seeing that. So in terms of first impressions, working with him for 10 days, I can’t ask for any more. I’m delighted to have him.”
The Italy international’s role last season caused upset among the Blues supporters. However, Lampard hinted things could change for the upcoming season.
He added: “Jorginho became a conversation last year.
“I’ve been there. As a player, sometimes things are out of your control and the conversation carries on very quickly without you.
“He played in one position and the manager had faith in him and it became something that was talked about, possibly too much.
“But I’m a new manager. I have new ideas. We might be more adaptable in the way we play. I might ask different things of Jorginho, of N’Golo Kante, of Ross Barkley – of anybody.
“I’m not stuck in a conversation from last year. I’m looking at a player who has very much impressed me over the last 10 days.”