Romano says Chelsea are finally about to 'open talks' with Tuchel favourite over a new contract

Chelsea are preparing to open talks with Jorginho over a fresh contract extension thanks to his improved form, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Jorginho has cut a fine figure in the Blues midfield over the past few months, mainly owed to Thomas Tuchel’s arrival.

He is one of the key senior members of the squad and could easily be placed into the ‘untouchables’ bracket.

Of the 24 games during Tuchel’s tenure, Jorginho has missed just five.

Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Clearly, the Chelsea powers have been impressed by the Italian’s recent performances and are apparently keen to offer him a new deal.

His current agreement doesn’t run out until 2023, but there’s been a degree of uncertainty about the 29-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge.

Most of these doubts have occurred from Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, who’s constantly toyed with the idea of his client returning to Italy.

A reunion with Maurizio Sarri at Napoli was his go to favourite fairy-tale.

Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN/AFP via Getty Images

Crashing back to reality, this feels highly unlikely. Gennaro Gattuso is still firmly in the Naples hotseat, with no serious mention of a Sarri takeover.

It doesn’t look like Jorginho is moving either, especially based on his displays in the last few matches.

In the absence of Mateo Kovacic, he and N’Golo Kante have formed a formidable midfield partnership.

During that period, they’ve dominated Real Madrid twice, Manchester City, Porto and West Ham United.

Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

There are still some sections of supporters who not fully sold on Jorginho, but even his biggest critics are starting to come around.

Romano also stated that Chelsea were formulating a contract bid for Armando Broja, who is enjoying a very prosperous campaign on loan with Vitesse Arnhem.

The Chelsea Chronicle View

If offering a new contract will stop Santos from spreading stories about his player, then leave Jorginho a blank cheque and let him sign whatever number.

But seriously, it’s the least he deserves. I was certainly part of the cynic club for a long time over his pedigree and position in the team.

I have now been proven wrong, so much so, it’s difficult to imagine a Chelsea team without him.  

Keep up to date with all the latest Chelsea news and opinion by following The Chelsea Chronicle’s Twitter account here.

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.