Romelu Lukaku has praised his new Chelsea teammate Jorginho, describing him as ‘really good’ after spending the last few weeks training alongside him.
Lukaku rejoined Chelsea last month in a club-record deal from Italian giants Inter Milan, seven years after leaving Stamford Bridge to sign for fellow Premier League side Everton.
The 28-year-old scored on his return for the Blues in a 2-0 victory away to Arsenal and will be hoping to contribute more in the coming weeks as the club looks to challenge for the Premier League title.
The forward was part of the Belgium team that lost to Italy in the quarter-final of Euro 2020 and has been really impressed with Jorginho since arriving at his new club.
‘I see someone like Jorginho every day now. That guy is really good at football,’ he told VTM Nieuws.
‘I also played two years against Insigne, who plays at the top of his game. They were all top. Tactically, we were outclassed [against Italy], but also football-wise. And that hurt.’
Jorginho had a stellar campaign last term, in a season where he became only the tenth male to win both the Champions League and European Championship in the same year.
As a result of his fine performances, the Italian midfielder was named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, beating fellow Premier League stars Kevin De Bruyne and N’Golo Kante to the accolade.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has recently heaped praise on one of his star players after he carried on last season’s performances into this term.
‘I think Jorgi is a very strategic player,’ he said.
‘He can play in advance, knows what to do in ball possession, can imagine what is going to happen in one or two passes ahead.
‘He knows where to help out in short distances and long distances, when to switch the play, when not to switch the play. He has a good sense of rhythm.
‘He lacks, if you isolate him or watch him separately, the pure physical ability that makes him the number one candidate to be a number six in the Premier League.
‘But once you have him in a structure, he is very well organised in his game, he organises all the environment around him, which helps him then, when everything is organised, and then he can show his true abilities in controlling the rhythm of a game.’