Emmanuel Petit: I’d never heard of Chelsea FC star before summer move

The Chelsea FC legend is unhappy with Maurizio Sarri's decision to play France star N'Golo Kante out of position

N'Golo Kante
N'Golo Kante (Photo: EA Sports)

Emmanuel Petit has blasted Maurizio Sarri’s decision to play N’Golo Kante out of position to accommodate Jorginho in the Chelsea FC team.

The Italian head coach was appointed as Chelsea FC manager in the summer after his compatriot Antonio Conte left the west London side.

Sarri enjoyed success with Napoli during his three-season spell in the south of Italy before he was appointed as the new Chelsea FC manager.

The former bank manager made Jorginho his first summer signing after Chelsea FC paid Sarri’s former club Napoli £57m for the playmaker’s signature.

Jorginho scored on his Premier League debut but the Italy international’s performances have earned mixed reviews in his first season.

The 27-year-old has been under intense scrutiny given Sarri has moved the Premier League’s best defensive midfielder out of his traditional role to accommodate Jorginho.

While Kante has acquitted himself well in a more advanced role, there have been relentless calls for Sarri to revert the World Cup winner back to his favoured position.

Former Chelsea FC midfielder Petit claimed that he had never heard of Jorginho before his move to Stamford Bridge and blasted Sarri’s decision to remove Kante for a holding role.

“Sarri’s decision to move Kante away from his original position, where he was probably the best in the world over the past two or three years, surprised me,” Petit told Paddy Power.

“Kante says he’s learning and taking pleasure in this new position. He doesn’t want to make waves – we all know in France how humble Kante is, so he will never cause trouble. But can anyone explain why you move Kante out of his best position in favour of Jorginho?”

“I’d never heard of Jorginho before he went to Chelsea, and I’ve nothing against him, but he isn’t the right fit for the Premier League. When you have players who play so well in a certain position, why would you move them somewhere else?”

Kante won the Premier League title in successive seasons with different teams in 2016 and 2017.

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