Marcelo Bielsa heaps praise on Chelsea loanee as Jorginho makes heartfelt career admission

Here is your Chelsea morning digest on Wednesday, December 1, as the Blues prepare to face Watford in the Premier League tonight.

Bielsa praises Gallagher

Marcelo Bielsa praised the form of Chelsea loanee and Crystal Palace ace Conor Gallagher ahead of Leeds’ clash with the Eagles on Tuesday.

As per The Athletic, via the Boot Room, Leeds were keen on signing him in the summer but he instead moved to the Eagles.

“This quarter of a season has gone past and shown his influence in their game,” Bielsa told his pre-match press conference, as quoted by Leeds Live.

Whether he’ll go back in for the Englishman is another question, but for now it seems he’s still an admirer of his talent.

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Jorginho makes ‘hardest part’ of career admission

Jorginho has opened up on what was the ‘hardest part’ of his career.

Born in Santa Catarina in Brazil, Jorginho didn’t move to Italy until the age of 15, but only after he suffered two extremely difficult years as a teenager trying to achieve his dream, as he has since admitted.

“I think I was 12 years old. My father took me to Sao Paulo for some trials with some clubs. He took me to Sao Paulo, Palmeiras, I ended up at Internacional, too. And none of those teams accepted me,” he told the Players’ Tribune.

“It was a disappointment, but I came back firmly with the same dream: I’m still going to be a football player.

“I returned to my hometown to play at Villa Nova’s school, which at the time, had Mario Junior as a coach. I was playing there when an Italian football agent came to watch a weekend tournament.

“He had a project, a football school in a small town called Guabiruba, in Santa Catarina. The goal of the school was to send players to Europe, mainly to Italy.”

Find out his entire story via this link.

Blues fans tear into Man United and Fernandes

Mason Mount finished above Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes in the rankings for the Ballon d’Or on Monday night, news that has gone down well with Chelsea fans.

Lionel Messi went on to win the top honour for an unprecedented seventh time, beating Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, who finished third and fifth, respectively.

Whilst Blues fans were disappointed by that result, they were happy to see 22-year-old Mount beat Fernandes in the rankings.

Find out what was said here.

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