JORGINHO has revealed that he very nearly signed for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City before completing £50million move to Chelsea in July 2018.
The midfielder, 29, was brought to the club under former manager Maurizio Sarri, who he had played under at Napoli.
He has gone on to become an important player for the Blues.
Speaking to BT Sport about the potential move before Chelsea's 1-0 defeat against Man City, the Italian said: "It was close but it didn't happen. It's how it works in football sometimes.
"I'm very, very happy at Chelsea. It's a massive club and everyone here at the moment, the atmosphere is so good because everyone is humble.
"That's why everything is going so well."
Jorginho has had an incredible few months after winning the Champions League with Chelsea and Euro 2020 with Italy and has since been named Uefa Men's Player of the Year.
"It's surreal. It's unbelievable,' he said of the achievement.
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"I achieved this and it's something you work so hard for and you dream about, but to get there is a long way. And then you get there and you think: 'Wow, I'm here now!'"
The Italian international is currently in his fourth season at Stamford Bridge and has already made 149 appearances for the club.
He became their vice-captain in 2019 and regularly wears the armband in the absence of usual skipper Cesar Azpilicueta.
He may have already won both the Champions League and the Europa League at Chelsea, but has also suffered disappointment after losing two consecutive FA Cup finals.
Chelsea are among the favourites to win the Premier League this season and got off to a strong start by winning four of their opening five games, scoring 12 goals and conceding just once.
They were beaten 1-0 by title rivals Man City at home on Saturday, causing them to slip to third place behind City and Liverpool, level on points with Man Utd, Everton and Brighton.
The Blues will look to bounce back at home to Southampton on Saturday, but will also face a tough test in the Champions League tomorrow night against Juventus in Turin.
Thomas Tuchel's side got their Champions League title defence off to a good start with a solid 1-0 win against Zenit at Stamford Bridge.
They also beat Aston Villa on penalties to progress to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after a tight 1-1 draw last week, meaning the Blues are still fighting for trophies on all four fronts.
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