Arsenal midfielder Jorginho has been attracting interest from Italy this summer.
Jorginho only joined the Gunners from Chelsea only a few months ago, during the January transfer window. The Italian made 16 appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side throughout the 2022/23 campaign, most notably scoring the winner against Aston Villa in the last minute back in February. The 31-year-old has certainly made his mark in North London already, despite the short time he’s been around.
According to previous reports, Maurizio Sarri wanted to bring the Arsenal midfielder back to Italy on a permanent basis ahead of next season. The two previously worked together at Chelsea during Sarri’s time in the Premier League.
However it appears the Italian has turned down a return to Italy as he’s determined to fight for his place at Arsenal next season. According to the Evening Standard, the 31-year-old has no intention of leaving the Gunners.
Jorginho edged ahead of Thomas Partey in the starting line-up towards the end of last season and probably made more appearances than many expected he would when he was signed in January.
Arsenal are set to have a completely new midfield for the 2023/24 campaign. With Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey on the way out, Arsenal are pursuing a move for number one target Declan Rice this summer as well as also being interested in Southampton midfielder, Romeo Lavia.
Despite the new additions, Jorginho is prepared to fight for his place in the team next season as he’s unlikely to be a regular starter but he could still receive plenty of minutes, especially with the club involved in the Champions League.
The Italy international has two years left on his current contract at Arsenal and wants to succeed with the Gunners before heading back to home nation to finish out his career.
Arsenal were one of the youngest teams in the league last season. Considering the club are set to sell two of their more experienced players in Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka this summer, keeping a hold of Jorginho could be a smart move from the club as his knowledge and experience in the dressing room could prove vital next season.