CHELSEA star Jorginho has hit back at Rio Ferdinand as he shared a clip of the BT Sport pundit slating him.
The Manchester United legend had said previously that the midfielder ‘couldn’t run, isn’t great at defending and struggles against the big teams’.
The 29-year-old played the full game to help the Blues begin their Champions League defence with a 1-0 win over Zenit on Tuesday.
His displays in the competition last season were also enough to land him Uefa’s Player of the Year award ahead of team-mate N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
Jorginho initially struggled at Stamford Bridge after his arrival in 2018 from Napoli and Ferdinand, 42, was one of the pundits to criticise him.
Now a clip of him dissing the Italian international from back in 2019 has re-emerged on Wednesday courtesy of Chelsea fan account ‘everything.blues_’ on Tik Tok and Instagram.
It shows Ferdinand slating the Blues fave before the player is then seen collecting his Uefa Player of the Year award.
In the clip, Ferdinand says: “He gets no assists, he’s not a great defender, once a game gets like this against the big teams he gets overrun in midfield and he can’t run.”
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Euro 2020 winner Jorgingo obviously felt annoyed by the comments and shared the clip onto his Instagram story.
Discussing his sticky start to life at Chelsea, Jorginho told The Players’ Tribune: “My start at Chelsea made me miss it [Napoli] even more.
“We all remember what they were saying, right? I was too slow. I was too weak. I was Sarri’s son. Man, it made me so angry.
“But listen, they underestimated me. You see, I’ve had a turbulent start at every club I’ve been with. Every club. It’s incredible.
“When I came to Verona, nobody wanted me. They sent me on loan to the fourth division. Nobody wanted me there either. But I kept working and I won respect. I went back to Verona and we went up to Serie A.
“I had a hard year at Napoli, too, and then Sarri came and changed everything.
“So the Chelsea stuff? Puh! I just used the criticism as fuel. I was thinking, ‘These people are going to be embarrassed.
“And now I’m sitting here with a Europa League title and a Champions League title. So to all the critics, I just want to say one thing. Thank you. Really, thank you all.”
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