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Jorginho joined Chelsea last summer from Napoli as the Blues paid a hefty £57m fee for the Italian.

The 27-year-old came along with Maurizio Sarri from Naples, as Sarri insisted that he’d be a key component in the Sarri-ball system that he was to bring to Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho is seen as key to Sarri’s style of play and has started all but one of Chelsea’s 29 Premier League games.

The 27-year-old playmaker has come under heavy criticisms in the Premier League as he has struggled in some key games, and both the media and Chelsea fans have been on his neck.

Jorginho is seen as Sarri’s boy by many Chelsea fans and he was even booed when coming on as a substitute in the Europa League game against Malmo last month.

Jorginho has now downplayed his perceived status as Maurizio Sarri’s favourite at Chelsea and insists he has a “normal relationship” with the Italian, while also revealing that Sarri shouts at him sometimes and tells him his mistakes.

He told The Sun: “I’m not special. No, I’m a normal player. I don’t want to be special, it’s not good. It’s perfect to be the same as everyone else. I don’t want to be the special one.

“Even if they do think I am Sarri’s man, I want to show why Sarri likes me. So I want to show them I am a good player and they are wrong to have that attitude towards me.

“I don’t consider myself to be his golden boy. I just think that I am a player who can help him to do the things he wants to do.

“I am just a player like everyone else. He has certainly let me know what he thinks! He has shouted at me, told me I was getting some things wrong … and that is it, I am just a normal player like everyone else.

“I am very calm, because I know how hard I am working and how much effort I am putting in.

“So I accept their views but don’t share them. I respect their opinion and that gives me strength. So I listen, I stay calm and work hard and I try to pay them back for their support on the pitch, by trying to do better.

“The fans are entitled to have their opinion of course, to be supporters and to think whatever they like. I respect that and it also gives me strength to work more to change their views on me.”

Jorginho had vowed to change the perception of the Chelsea fans about him, and his recent form has been very impressive. He also scored the winner in last weekend’s game against Fulham, in what was his first goal for Chelsea from open play.

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