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Jorginho offered new Chelsea contract amid Barcelona and Juventus links, says agent

SoccerNews in English Premier League 29 Dec 2022

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Jorginho has been offered a new contract by Chelsea amid speculation he is wanted by a number of clubs, according to the midfielder’s agent.

The Italy international, who has been a regular for Chelsea for the past five seasons, is due to become a free agent at the end of the current campaign.

Barcelona and Juventus are reportedly eager to open talks with Jorginho in January, while Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Newcastle United have also been linked with the former Napoli man.

However, Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos has revealed the 31-year-old will first discuss fresh terms with Chelsea over prolonging his stay at Stamford Bridge.

“His contract expires on June 30,” Santos told Tuttomercato. “We have a renewal proposal from Chelsea and we will give them priority.”

Napoli have also been credited with an interest in taking Jorginho back to the Serie A leaders, and Santos suggested a return is a possibility should an approach be made.

“Naples was Jorginho’s home and he’s greatly appreciated there. For us it’s a special club, so we’d be happy with any interest. But at the moment, Napoli have not contacted us,” he said.

Jorginho has played 20 times for Chelsea this season – only Kai Havertz (21) and Mason Mount (22) have featured more – with 16 of those appearances being starts.

He is level with Thiago Silva for the most interceptions (25) among Chelsea players this campaign, while only Marc Cucurella has won as many tackles (22).

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