Jorginho: Chelsea midfielder downplays exit rumors

Jorginho: Chelsea midfielder downplays exit rumors

- Jorginho has played just 10 minutes of football since the resumption of the Premier League mid-June

- Chelsea are believed to be keen to offload the midfielder to raise funds for the transfer of Kai Havertz

- A return to the Serie A has been mooted for the Italian, with Juventus thought to be his likeliest destination

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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has downplayed speculation surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge.

The former Napoli star had formed an important part of Frank Lampard's side at the start of the season but he has since been frozen out of the squad.

Jorginho has been limited to just 10 minutes of game play since the resumption of the Premier League, fueling speculation he could depart the Blues this summer.

The brief cameo came during Chelsea's hard-fought win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday, July 7, where the midfielder played an instrumental role in the middle of the park.

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Metro UK reports Chelsea view the 28-year-old as someone they could cash in on as they try to raise funds for highly-rated Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

It is believed Jorginho could head back to Italy for a reunion with Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, having previously played under the Italian at Napoli and in the Premier League.

But speaking after the Tuesday win, Lampard insisted the Italian star is happy at the west London club.

On his part, Jorginho brushed off the speculation over his future, revealing he is staying focused to help the club qualify for the Champions League.

"I just have to stay focused on when the teams need me. There have been rumours but I haven’t heard anything," he told Chelsea's official website.

"I am just focusing on finishing the season well with Chelsea and qualifying for the Champions League," he added.

Jorginho: Chelsea midfielder downplays exit rumours
Jorginho: Chelsea midfielder downplays exit rumours (photo: Getty)
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Earlier, had reported how Chelsea boss Frank Lampard defended his side's decision to continue playing when their former player Gary Cahill went down due to a hamstring injury earlier in the game.

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Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham went ahead to score a goal each to power the Blues to a 3-2 victory despite Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke scoring one goal each.

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