Frank Lampard aims veiled dig at Alonso after Chelsea lose to West Ham
Frank Lampard’s men racked up three consecutive victories, including a 1-0 win over Leicester in the FA Cup quarter-finals, before slipping to an unexpected defeat against West Ham on Wednesday.
Willian was on target twice at the London Stadium but goals from Tomas Soucek, Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko sealed the points for the Hammers.
Jorginho was an unused substitute during the clash, as he was for the victories over Manchester City and Leicester, while he was suspended for the first Premier League game back against Aston Villa.
And reports from Italy have suggested this lack of match action could push the 28-year-old towards the Stamford Bridge exit.
Area Napoli claim Jorginho “seems willing to leave” Chelsea and could go back to Italy.
The playmaker has already been heavily linked to a reunion with Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, as the 61-year-old manager is known to be a big fan.
Sarri coached Jorginho at Napoli and then made the midfielder his first signing at Chelsea, convincing the Blues to shell out £58million in 2018.
Jorginho had a tough time during his first season in England, having been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism as a scapegoat for Sarri’s conservative style of play.
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However, he has won over fans and new manager Frank Lampard this term with seven goals and two assists in 37 appearances across all competitions.
But competition for places in the Blues squad is fierce with the club well-stocked in central midfield.
N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, Billy Gilmour, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount are all in contention for starting berths every week, hence Jorginho’s struggle for match action following his return from suspension.
Lampard is believed to be keen on keeping hold of the midfielder, but only if the player himself is committed to staying at Stamford Bridge.
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Meanwhile, the player’s agent does not believe any club – including Juventus – are in a position to shell out the funds necessary to secure a transfer in the coronavirus-affected market.
Speaking to Calciomercato24.com about the summer transfer window, Santos said: “It will be a strange market because nobody knows when it will return to normal.
“If we play the next league without fans, nobody will be able to afford to do deals.
“The next season could be behind closed doors, and that’s a big deal. Chelsea have already spent because they weren’t able to buy last year.
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“The price in recent years for Jorginho has certainly increased. He has done well in London and played for the national team.
“He is now the vice-captain at Chelsea and has accumulated a lot of experience in the Champions League and the Europa League.
“I think it’s very difficult for an offer to come in for Jorginho. There isn’t a team at this moment that can make this type of investment at this time.”