Gary Neville expects Jorginho to leave Chelsea and admits it is ‘clear’ the midfielder is not part of Frank Lampard’s long-term ‘plan’ at Stamford Bridge.
After an underwhelming first season in English football, Jorginho enjoyed a promising start to the campaign, but has since fallen out-of-favour and has played just 10 minutes of football since the Premier League‘s restart, coming on as a late substitute in the win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
Teenager Billy Gilmour has been preferred as Chelsea‘s deepest midfielder in the absence of N’Golo Kante and Neville believes Lampard’s faith in the academy graduate is the beginning of the end for Jorginho’s career with the west London side.
The Italy international has been strongly linked with a move to Juventus and reunion with former Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri, and Neville says his current exclusion is part of a plan to sell the playmaker this summer.
“You have to think that he [Jorginho] is being managed out of Stamford Bridge,” Neville told Sky Sports. “I think it’s been clear from the moment Frank Lampard came in that he wants to build a young and hungry squad.
“Look at the way David Luiz was let go. With the way Jorginho has been dealt with, it’s quite clear where Lampard wants to take the team.
“When you think of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp over the last few years, they don’t veer away from the plan for any player. Frank Lampard has got a clear plan.”