Chelsea midfielder Jorginho admits once Maurizio Sarri left his Chelsea future was unclear and leaving was a possibility.
Jorginho was brought to Stamford Bridge by former manager Maurizio Sarri. When the Italian tactician left the London club the player’s future was in serious doubt.
He endured a difficult start to life under Frank Lampard, admitting he came in for some tough and in his opinion unfair criticism.
However, he has since prevailed and become a key player once more.
Speaking to FourFourTwo the former Napoli man came close to walking away but instead decide to use the negativity as motivation.
“Last year, fans were picking on me a lot because I’d arrived with another manager.”
“In my opinion, I ended up hearing some things that were honestly unfair.”
“But I’ve never challenged the views of the fans and other people who criticized me.”
“Quite the opposite, actually – it gave me strength because inside I knew they were wrong.”
“Deep in my mind, it was like this: ‘I’m going to prove they’re wrong and work quietly as I’ve always done because it’s never been easy for me’.”
“I’ve gone through moments like this at every club I’ve played for.”
“This low moment when doubt can come and make you wonder, ‘Should I just leave this place? Maybe there isn’t room for me here’.”
“But I embrace this kind of challenge and I’ve never backed down.”
“It gives me more strength to work even harder, to prove to everyone that I can make it.”
He gives credit to his new boss Lampard for the support that has brought him back to his best.
“I thank him for the sincerity he showed towards me in public.”
“He didn’t have to do that, and not every manager does it.”
“He’s a legend inside the club, so people listen to what he says.”
The player’s improvement in form and relationship with his manager has even led to talk of him signing a new deal to extend his stay at the club.