Chelsea ace Jorginho reveals he almost quit football after agent trousered his wages and left him living on 20 euros a week

JORGINHO revealed he almost walked away from football after his agent trousered his wages and left the Italian living on £15 a week.

The midfielder, 27, was scouted by an agent while playing in Brazil and brought over to Italy age 15 where he signed for Verona youth team.

Jorginho signed for Verona at age 15 and made his professional debut for the club in 2010
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As Verona were not a Serie A side Jorginho had to join local side Berretti – where he would meet a Brazilian goalkeeper called Rafael.

The Blues star told he was left “devastated” after Rafael found out Jorginho’s agent had pocketed his wages and left him on just £15 a week.

He said: “Whilst I was playing for Berretti, I met a fellow Brazilian called Rafael who was a goalkeeper. I got friendly with him.

“He was asking me about what I was doing, how long I had been there for, and I told him I was living on 20 euros a week.

“He said ‘hang on a minute, there’s something not quite right about that’. He made some enquiries and it turned out my agent had been taking money and I knew nothing about it whatsoever.

“At that point I wanted to give up. I was completely devastated. I was fed up. I phoned home in tears and told my mum I wanted to come home and I didn’t want to play football any more.

“She said: ‘Don’t even think about it! You’re so close, you’ve been there for a few years, I won’t let you back in the house! You need to stay there and hang tough.’

“So I stayed. I continued to train with the first team. I could have continued playing for Berretti, but at that point I decided I would go on loan. I went to a professional team in Serie C2 called Sambonifacese.”

After a loan spell with Sambonifacese in the 2010/11 season Jorginho returned to Verona where he would make 96 appearances in three years.

He was then sold to Napoli in 2014 for £8.5million and spent four seasons at the Stadio San Paolo.

Jorginho was brought to Chelsea, along with manager Maurizio Sarri, last summer for £57m and the Italian playmaker went onto lift the Europa League in his first season in London.

The Italian spent four seasons with Napoli after signing in 2014
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Chelsea signed Jorginho for £57m and the midfielder won the Europa League in his first season


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