I’ve loved seeing that’ – Chelsea boss Lampard heaps praise on ace impressing in training

Chelsea fans targeted Jorginho for large parts of last season primarily due to his affiliation with Maurizio Sarri and his playing style.

But following Lampard’s arrival the Italian has made as strong a first impression as he could’ve hoped.

There were rumours that he would be moved on just 12 months after the Blues shelled out £57m for his services.

But Lampard, who played a similar position to Jorginho, insists he’s “loved seeing” the way he has driven standards in training.

“The one thing that has struck me about him from working with him in the last week and a bit is not just his quality on the ball, I saw that last year,” the Chelsea boss said.

“We know all about his comfort on the ball and bravery to receive the ball in any area. It is not something that’s normal to receive the ball in tight areas and deal with the ball and keep doing it constantly.

“But his attitude in training has been first class. He’s a driver of a session.

“He’s a voice. He runs, he pushes people around him, he drags people up when he doesn’t feel they’re working as much as he might want.

“I’ve loved seeing that. So in terms of first impressions, working with him for 10 days, I can’t ask for any more. I’m delighted to have him.”

He added: “Jorginho became a conversation last year. I’ve been there. As a player, sometimes things are out of your control and the conversation carries on very quickly without you.

“He played in one position and the manager had faith in him and it became something that was talked about, possibly too much.

“But I’m a new manager. I have new ideas. We might be more adaptable in the way we play. I might ask different things of Jorginho, of N’Golo Kante, of Ross Barkley – of anybody.”

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