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Conte explains how Chelsea move improved Jorginho

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Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has weighed in on how the Premier League has improved Jorginho ‘a lot’.

Jorginho has raised his game significantly since joining Chelsea, says Antonio Conte.

The Brazilian-born midfielder made the move to Chelsea in 2018 from Napoli in a deal worth €57 million. He has since featured 141 times for the Blues and won four titles, including the Champions League and Europa League.

Even with three different managers – Maurizio Sarri, Frank Lampard, and Thomas Tuchel – Jorginho has remained a key cog at Chelsea and has impressed in a deep-lying midfield role for Italy in Euro 2020 this summer.

Now Conte has highlighted the impact that English football has had on Jorginho, citing how it’s made him a better player and improved him physically.

“I think for Jorginho, it’s been very, very important to play in a league like England,” the former Blues boss told The Telegraph.

“Because to play in this competition in England, it’s important to play with intensity, to improve your passing and to be very, very fast in your thoughts. But at the same time, you have to improve physically.

“In England, Jorginho improved a lot and he is now a stronger player, if you compare him to the player at Napoli.

“He has always been a player who likes to play football and to be the playmaker, but physically he has improved a lot. This is great for him and for the national team.”

Jorginho is expected to start in Italy’s Euro 2020 final against England at Wembley on Sunday.