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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho made a big decision over his international future as he chose Italy over Brazil back in 2016.
The Brazilian-born Italy international was eligible to play for both Brazil, the country of his birth, and Italy, for whom he had nationalised, and he eventually opted to play for the latter in 2016.
Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos has revealed that at the time, it would have been difficult for Jorginho to get a regular shirt in the Selecao, which prompted the decision.
“It’s a dream for us Brazilians to play for the national team. Brazil director Edu Gaspar called us and was very realistic,” his agent told Football Italia.
“He said they had many players, from Casemiro to Fernandinho, so they could not ensure Jorginho would play regularly. They could have called him up once, but they had no certainties about the future. They didn’t know, nothing was sure.
“At that point, Italy called Jorginho too, knowing he had an Italian passport and that he has a special bond with the country. At that time he had played all his entire professional career there, and he was happy to choose Italy. We are still very happy about this choice,” confirms Joao Santos.”
Santos now believes that the Champions League winner has what it takes to break into the Brazil team at this time.
He said: “I think it would be different for Brazil now. Now Jorginho is one of the stars in the Champions League and is playing regularly for one of the best national teams in the world.
“At that moment, he was not in the same position. Maybe, today they [Brazil] would make a different choice.”