Jorginho has revealed he was ‘close’ to joining Manchester City three years ago but is ‘very, very happy’ to have joined Chelsea instead.
The 29-year-old midfielder was signed for the Blues by Maurizio Sarri for £50million from Napoli in July 2018.
At the time Manchester City were also linked with Jorginho.
Jorginho has revealed he was ‘close’ to joining Manchester City three years ago
Ahead of Saturday’s showdown between the rivals at Stamford Bridge, Jorginho told BT Sport: ‘It was close but it didn’t happen. It’s how it works in football sometimes.
‘I’m very, very happy at Chelsea. It’s a massive club and everyone here at the moment, the atmosphere is so good because everyone is humble.
‘That’s why everything is going so well.’
The 29-year-old midfielder was signed by the Blues for £50m from Napoli in July 2018
After Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph, Jorginho was named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.
‘It’s surreal. It’s unbelievable,’ the Italy international said.
‘I achieved this and it’s something you work so hard for and you dream about, but to get there is a long way.
‘And then you get there and you think: ‘Wow, I’m here now!’