Jorginho addresses growing exit talk as Lampard explains Chelsea cameo

    Date published: Wednesday 8th July 2020 3:41

    Chelsea midfielder Jorginho says he is focusing on helping his side earn qualification for next season’s Champions League, amid speculation over his future.

    Reports claim the Italy international is a target for Juventus in a move that would see him return to Serie A.

    Jorginho missed Chelsea’s first two games since the restart through suspension but remained on the bench for the next three.

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    Indeed, his first appearance post-lockdown was a late cameo in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.

    However, the midfielder insists he has heard nothing about his future and his sole focus is on finishing the season.

    “I just have to stay focused on when the team needs me,” he told Chelsea’s official website.

    “There have been rumours but I haven’t heard anything, I am just focusing on finishing the season well with Chelsea and qualifying for the Champions League.”

    READ MORE: Gary Neville says Jorginho’s exit all-but sealed

    Jorginho came on with 10 minutes left at Selhurst Park to replace Billy Gilmour, who earned a starting role.

    Gilmour, 19, has impressed in recent weeks, following his first-team debut against Liverpool in February.



    However, Lampard said after the match that Jorginho made vital contributions to ensure his side earned three points.

    “He came on and showed personality, and we were lacking personality at that point,” Lampard said (via the Evening Standard).

    “He got on the ball, moved it about and then you have control and you can force them back. The reason I played Billy does not mean anything for the future of Jorginho.

    “We saw the impact Jorginho had in calming the team down and making passes. I know he can give us that and he will continue to give us that.”

    Tuesday’s result moved Chelsea above Leicester into third in the Premier League table.

    The Blues return to action on Saturday when they face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

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