Jorginho reveals how Chelsea fans nearly drove him away with criticisms

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Jorginho moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2018 as he joined from Napoli alongside former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

Jorginho wasn’t well received initially by the Chelsea fans as the Blues fans got tired of his style of play and were frustrated at seeing N’Golo Kante play in an advanced midfield role.

Jorginho eventually won the hearts of the fans after playing a key role last season, featuring in 37 out of 38 league games, and his performances further improved under Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

The Italy international has now revealed how the criticisms he faced from the fans nearly forced him out of the club.

Jorginho told FourFourTwo: “Last year, fans were picking on me a lot because I’d arrived with another manager and, 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 criticised 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 like 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.”

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