'Amazing': Player Tuchel reportedly made £85m bid for now raves about 29-year-old Chelsea star

Federico Chiesa hailed fellow countryman Jorginho ahead of Juventus’ Champions League tie with Chelsea this evening.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Chiesa wanted to compliment his compatriot before they clash later today.

Jorginho and the Juve forward were key components to Italy’s European Championship victory over the summer.

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In that same period of non-stop international action, Chelsea reportedly attempted to sign Chiesa for £85m, according to journalist Florian Plettenberg.

Understandably, the Old Lady swung their stick and rejected this offer.

According to Calciomercato, the Blues will try another siege on the Allianz Stadium for the 23-year-old in the coming months.

But for now, Chiesa remains in black and white.

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Jovial for Jorginho

He is set to face the club chasing his signature tonight, as well as a member of Thomas Tuchel’s squad the Italian truly admires.  

“Maybe the English fans didn’t see him play at Napoli? He is an amazing player,” said the winger about Jorginho.

“Often when he is not on the ball he is doing a lot of ‘dirty work’ for his team.

“He has a great knowledge of football – on the pitch and also off it because he helps other players understand what the coach says.”

Of course, Chiesa’s words are nothing new to those Jorginho fanatics.

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Unfortunately, it’s taken several years for the enthusiasts to grew into a large crowd.

Only recently has the Chelsea midfielder earned the respect his abilities deserve.

Started from the bottom

Tuchel’s installment at the Stamford Bridge helm helped Jorginho’s credibility rise.

Winning the Champions League kickstarted his assault on football’s elite summit.

The Euros triumph was not far behind, which was then quickly followed by the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year success.

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Could the Ballon d’Or be next for the Blues metronome?  There is absolutely no reason why not.

Reclaiming European glory would certainly help Jorginho’s journey to the top, if not this season, definitely next.

Although standing in his way will be Chiesa and Juve, who have their own ambitions of regaining lost ground.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.