'World class': Ben Chilwell says Chelsea teammate is one of the best players in the game right now

Ben Chilwell named his Chelsea colleague Jorginho as being up there with the very elite performers currently cutting about on the continent.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s Champions League contest with Malmo, Chilwell was asked about the sizzling form of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and whether he was the world’s best player right now.

Few would argue with the Egyptian’s present status as the hottest property on the market.

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He has already scored 15 goals in just 13 games this season, with several of his strikes being simply first class.

The Ballon d’Or ceremony might have come just a few months too early for Salah.

However, he will no doubt be towards the top end of the final vote count.

Chilwell chooses Chelsea

But, in true diplomatic fashion, Chilwell credited his Chelsea teammates for their unbelievable work across the past 12 months.

“Mo Salah’s of course a brilliant player. He’s having a brilliant season. This past month, he’s scored some great goals,” said the England defender.

“But there are some brilliant players in our team as well.

“The likes of Jorgi, who’s gone on to win pretty much everything there is to win in the past year, year and a half.

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“N’Golo (Kante). There’s a lot of world-class players in our team.

“But, just to answer your question, Mo Salah has been brilliant this year.”

Jorginho joy

Salah might constantly steal the show, but Jorginho plays the support act quite fantastically.

Never the flashiest, yet always the coolest customer on the field.

The midfielder’s trophy cabinet suggests his underrated work has certainly paid off.

A Champions League winner with Chelsea in May, a European Championship winner with Italy in July, a Super Cup winner in August.

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Not to mention being awarded UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award at the beginning of the campaign.

He could well be adding a Premier League title to his ever-growing list if Chelsea can continue their terrific upwards trajectory.

At the moment, it appears only Liverpool and Salah can stop Thomas Tuchel’s train from steamrolling to domestic domination.

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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.