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Napoli midfielder Jorginho is close to completing a move to Chelsea after turning down the chance to join Premier League champions Manchester City.

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed Jorginho snubbed Manchester City for Chelsea because the midfielder is not keen on living in Manchester.

“These offers did not start from Chelsea, but from Manchester City. As a matter of fact, I will apologize to Khaldoon (Al Mubarak), because I found a deal with Khaldoon 15 days ago,” De Laurentiis is quoted by Metro UK.

“He called me, we spoke on the phone and I said, ‘OK, I don’t agree with you on A, B, C’. ‘Let’s solve the situation the two of us’, he told me. And we did it, we solved it.

“However, for personal reasons I won’t get into, the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester, I can understand him.

“If Chelsea pay him more, I can understand it too. So I can just apologize to Khaldoon.

“But it does not depend on me. If Jorginho moves to Chelsea, my agreement with Abramovich does not depend on (Maurizio) Sarri becoming their next manager.”

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