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.
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 Chelsea.com 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.