Jorginho has admitted on his failed Man City move that he was supposed to join another English club but not Chelsea.
After a move to Manchester City fell out in July 2018, the key Chelsea midfielder revealed that his ‘dream’ is to play under Pep Guardiola.
Chelsea signed the center midfielder for £50 million from Napoli, where he finished third in the Ballon d’Or rankings last season.
Before that, City had been the frontrunners to recruit him, but Napoli was only interested in doing business with the Stamford Bridge club.
As a result, Jorginho was thrust into the Chelsea midfield. In his first season, he appeared in all but one of the Blues’ Premier League games, scoring twice. He also played in City’s defeat in the Carabao Cup final.
Jorginho’s influence began to wane slightly during Frank Lampard’s time in charge, although he is now an important cog in the Chelsea wheel under Thomas Tuchel.
He has helped Chelsea win the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup since Tuchel arrived.
The Italian has now spoken about his failed move to City. However, he did not want to refer to the Premier League leaders initially.
“I wasn’t supposed to come to Chelsea,” Jorginho told Brazilian journalist Ale Oliveira (via 90Min). “I was supposed to have arrived at another club. Another English club.
“And then it happened as it happened and I arrived at Chelsea. So with Chelsea, everything happened very fast. When I saw their offer, I was already in London and I said ‘let’s go’.”
The 30-year-old was then pressed on his admiration for Guardiola. He went on to reveal that the idea of working with Guardiola was the reason for him wanting to leave Napoli.
When asked if he still holds the ‘dream’ of playing under the City boss, Jorginho continued: “I have. I don’t know if it will [happen]. But yeah, he’s a reference.
“When I was a kid, I watched his Barcelona win everything with Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta.”