Chelsea midfielder Jorginho wants to return to Italy as he is no longer “fundamental” in Frank Lampard’s plan for next season, according to Calciomercato.

The 28-year-old featured in 31 out of 36 Chelsea’s Premier League games this season, although it could suggest a lack of options for the holding midfield role rather than Lampard’s confidence in him.

Lampard experimented with a new midfield system where he fielded N’Golo Kante at the base of the midfield three with two more mobile No.8s; Mason Mount and Ross Barkley (or Mateo Kovacic) in the first few games of the Premier League restart.

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Kante and Billy Gilmour’s injuries paved the way for Jorginho to reclaim his spot after spending five games on the sidelines, but now that Kante has returned to training and Chelsea could bring in another defensive midfielder, Jorginho might be on the verge of an exit.

According to a report from Italian outlet Calciomercato, Lampard does not consider the Italy international fundamental to next season’s plan.

The report also claimed that Jorginho himself is keen on a return to his home country with Juventus, and a reunion with former boss Maurizio Sarri, a “very welcome” destination.

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Chelsea are looking for a fee which is slightly less than €40million (£36m), which is significantly less than the €60m (£54m) they paid to Napoli in 2018.

An earlier report from Sky Sports also said Jorginho is among the 10 players Chelsea are looking to sell to raise funds for potential defensive recruitments this summer.

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