Jorginho sent back to Chelsea sooner than expected thanks to manager's decision
Italy manager Roberto Mancini decided to send several of his players, including Chelsea star Jorginho, back to their clubs after World Cup qualification failure.
Italy’s 2022 World Cup dreams came to an end after suffering a dramatic 1-0 defeat to North Macedonia in the qualification play-off semifinal.
After their shock qualification exit, Italy will now have to shift their attention to Tuesday’s friendly match against Turkey, which may prove difficult for some players.
Reports in Italy spotted that several key players, such as Jorginho, Lorenzo Insigne, and Ciro Immobile, were missing from the training camp.
This sparked speculations of their early retirement among Italian media.
As expected, it was not the case, however, as it is the head coach, Mancini, himself who made the decision.
Some of these absentees are simply not fit, but not Jorginho, fortunately.
“I made them leave because if I can do something for them and for the clubs we do it,” the former Manchester City manager explained his decision (via Goal).
“They wouldn’t play, some of them weren’t at their best physically.
“Some of them I obliged to go: Chelsea sent Jorginho to us three days before, they didn’t let him play in the FA Cup.”
Thomas Tuchel previously decided to leave Jorginho out of the Chelsea squad in the 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Middlesbrough and give him a break before the international break.
It seems that Mancini just wanted to return the favour so Jorginho can recover both physically and, more importantly, mentally to play for Chelsea.
The Blues will be back in action in a Premier League match against Brentford this weekend before facing Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie the following week.