‘It’s not true’: Jorginho’s agent shuts down talk of the Chelsea midfielder joining Barcelona and AC Milan when his contract expires next summer… and insists the Italy star’s ‘priority’ is extending his stay at Stamford Bridge
- Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos has insisted his client wants to remain at Chelsea
- The Italian midfielder’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire next summer
- Jorginho has been linked with free-transfer moves to Barcelona and AC Milan
- But Santos claims the 30-year-old’s ‘priority’ is staying with Graham Potter’s side
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Jorginho’s agent has claimed his client is determined to stay at Chelsea despite reports linking him with a move away.
The Italian midfielder’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire next summer, with Barcelona and AC Milan linked with signing him on a free transfer.
But Joao Santos insisted to Spanish outlet Relevo that Jorginho’s ‘priority’ is extending his deal in west London, despite rumours to the contrary.
Jorginho’s agent has insisted the Chelsea midfielder (pictured) wants to stay in west London
Joao Santos (above) has claimed the Italian’s ‘priority’ is extending his deal at Stamford Bridge
He said: ‘It is not true that I’ve met [Barcelona director] Mateu Alemany.
‘Our priority is to extend with Chelsea; that’s the only club I’ve talked to in the last few weeks, Jorginho’s future is at Chelsea.’
The 46-cap international, if he does not sign a new deal, can arrange with a club outside England to sign for them for nothing from summer 2023 at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old midfielder’s current deal with Graham Potter’s side expires next summer
Jorginho, who signed for Maurizio Sarri for £57million in July 2018, has played 205 games for the Blues in all competitions, scoring 29 goals – mostly from the penalty spot – and winning a Champions League and Europa League title.
With influential defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante also out of contract next summer, current manager Graham Potter may be keen to tie Jorginho down to fresh terms.
Potter’s side host Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday knowing a win could put them level on points with fourth-placed Newcastle in the final Champions League qualification spot.