Napoli midfielder Jorginho admits he would "immediately accept" a call up to the Italy national team
Napoli midfielder Jorginho has admitted he would "immediately accept" a call up to the Italy national team.
The 22-year-old was born in Imbituba - a town in the southern Brazil state of Santa Catarina - but moved to Italy at a young age.
In 2012, after some strong performances for Hellas Verona in Serie B, he was called up to the Italy Under-21 squad, but didn't feature.
Now, with La Nazionale looking to rebuild after a disappointing 2014 FIFA World Cup - they exited at the group stage - Jorginho is being touted as a possible newcomer.
Speaking to the Corriere dello Sport, the youngster confirmed he is very much open to representing Italy, at the expense of his native Brazil.
“So far I haven’t had to make a choice, because I didn’t receive any offers,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.
“I can say the Azzurri jersey is clearly on top of my preferences. I’d have no doubts, I would immediately accept a call from Coverciano.”
Jorginho’s first season in Italy was spent on loan at Sambonifacese, in Serie C2. After a good campaign, he returned to Verona and became a focal point of a side that won promotion to Serie A.
Jorginho took to Italy’s top flight with ease, scoring seven goals and providing three assists in 18 starts, before joining Napoli in January.
The ball-player went on to have a key role in the Partenopei’s run to the Coppa Italia Final, in which they beat Fiorentina 3-1, and Jorginho hopes for more success in the near future.
“I won’t make predictions over Napoli, though I can guarantee that we players will give our all to take the club as high as it deserves to be,” he insisted.
“Naples is a very... Brazilian city. I already knew that before I came here and was not disappointed. I loved it straight away.”