‘I won’t say I was wrong’ – Ferdinand revisits criticism of Chelsea star

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‘I won’t say I was wrong’ – Ferdinand revisits criticism of Chelsea star

Rio Ferdinand says Jorginho has been “fantastic” for Chelsea over the last year or so but won’t admit he was wrong over comments he made in 2019.

The Italy international had some mixed performances during his first two years at the club, contributing just six Premier League goals and two assists.

But Jorginho was central to the revival under Thomas Tuchel last campaign after the German took over from Frank Lampard.



Tuchel – who guided Chelsea to a top-four finish last term – took over when the Blues were ninth in the Premier League table and managed to end the season by winning the Champions League.

Jorginho, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Napoli, was heavily criticised by a number of pundits, including BT Sport pundit Ferdinand.

“Jorginho is someone who sets the tempo of the game. You get the ball to him through the middle third of the pitch, he’s very good,” Ferdinand said in 2019.

“How many assists has he got this season? Around 2,000 passes, no assists. He can’t run. So, he doesn’t give you anything defensively, and he doesn’t give you anything at the other end of the pitch.”

However, Ferdinand admits that Jorginho looks brilliant in a new system under Tuchel and now looks like a player with “confidence”.

Speaking ahead of kick-off in , Ferdinand said: “He’s [Jorginho] been fantastic, won all there is to win, you can’t discredit that.

“But if he was honest at the time [2019], you go back and rewind and understand the system he was playing in, it didn’t suit him so all of his weak attributes were being exploited because there were big spaces around him.

“But in this system, it very much backs up what he does, it’s much more condensed they’re much more of a unit, he’s actually got confidence to become an important member in this team.

“Hats off to him for his attitude withstanding that criticism, using it as inspiration to come through and do what he’s doing now. I won’t say I was wrong in what I said, at that time that was where he was.”

 

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Juventus willing to let Ramsey leave for nothing in January

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Juventus willing to let Ramsey leave for nothing in January

Aaron Ramsey could leave Juventus on a free transfer in January, according to reports.

Ramsey, 31, has played only 78 minutes of Serie A football so far this season, and the Old Lady are keen to get his £400,000-a-week wages off the books.

Since arriving from in 2019, he was won one Serie A title and the Coppa Italia, but his contributions have been few and far between.



He has made just 65 appearances across the past two seasons, with the general consensus being that he is too brittle for the rigours of Italian football. Ramsey has been injured for 140 days since touching down in Turin.

, the Juventus hierarchy are now working on a deal that would see him leave the club for free.

Ramsey’s contract doesn’t expire until June 2023 but the club are so eager to move him on that they will not demand a fee for his services.

West Ham, Everton and Newcastle are all interested in the Welshman, who – at the cost of nothing (barring wages) – could end up being a savvy acquisition.

Ramsey made 371 appearances for the Gunners in his 11-year spell at the club, winning three FA Cups and two Community Shields.

He notched 65 goals and 65 assists across that period and was drawing attention from Liverpool and as recently as last summer.

 

 

Max Allegri, though, appeared to suggest that Ramsey would play an important role for Juventus this season after a 2-1 friendly victory over Monza, in which the midfielder performed capably in a holding role.

“The club takes care of the transfer market, we talk every day,” . “Ramsey played very, very well in front of the defence and I think in that role he can really become an important player.

“I salute Miralem [Pjanic, Barcelona midfielder, another club with whom Ramsey was linked], because we spent four years together with great victories. He is a Barcelona player now, we have talented players, and I think if Ramsey can be convinced to play in front of the defence, he can really do well there.

“He already can see passing channels, has a good sense of the geometry of the field and can also rest on the ball more than he does upfront.”

 

 

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