Chelsea midfielder Jorginho responds to Arsenal transfer link

Chelsea's Jorginho was targeted by Arsenal in the transfer window
Jorginho was targeted by Arsenal in the transfer window (PA)

Jorginho has revealed that discussions took place over a potential transfer to Arsenal but insists his intention was always to remain at Chelsea.

The Italy international was on Arsenal’s list of targets in the summer as Mikel Arteta wanted to strengthen his midfield options.

But the Gunners ended up signing Thomas Partey in a £45 million deal from Atletico Madrid, while Jorginho stayed at Stamford Bridge.

When asked about the transfer link with Arsenal, Jorginho told ESPN Brazil: ‘I believe that every player is open to negotiations.

‘So I believe there was something they talked about. And in the end it was decided that I remain here.

‘Now my head is here and we’re going to do a great job with Chelsea, which I always wanted to do.’

Jorginho says he was intent on staying at Chelsea this summer
Jorginho says he was intent on staying at Chelsea this summer (Getty)

Jorginho also praised Chelsea for their activity in the transfer window and believes the arrivals have boosted the competition for places at Stamford Bridge.

‘They had a big market. The players who arrived have great potential and can certainly help this club a lot,’ said the midfielder.

‘They’re already doing and will do much more. When there’s this high competition among the players, it turns out that the level of the team goes up, and when the level of the team goes up, the team ends up becoming better and even more competitive to reach the top.

‘So I believe that the arrival of these great players only brings good things and will certainly help the group and the club.

‘It’s normal that you need time. How long did Liverpool work to win something?

‘So I believe that every change, every beginning of a project, we need to believe in the project for it to bear fruit and bring results. So it’s normal that you need this working time.’

Jorginho also claimed Frank Lampard is doing ‘an excellent job’ despite Chelsea’s inconsistent performances this term.

‘I believe it’s a natural thing too,’ Jorginho replied when asked about the pressure on Lampard.

‘But he’s doing an excellent job and we’re certainly doing our best to bring results for everyone’s happiness.’

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