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Jorginho makes good on guess to shave beard, receives CL shock at Italian restaurant

Like many people, Jorginho emerged from the pandemic lockdown final 12 months with huge hair and an enormous beard. Not like many people, he determined to maintain the additional hair even after issues began getting again to a bit extra regular — getting it trimmed just a few instances, however by no means going again to clean-shaven.

However alongside the way in which, he additionally made a guess with Brazilian journalist Fred Caldeira that he would enable his beard to be shaven if Chelsea gained the Champions League — in return for shaving Caldeira’s 70s-style mustache.

And, nicely, historical past was made final Saturday, and afterwards, out got here the clippers for some high quality tv.

Jorginho, who gave a very emotional interview to Caldeira as nicely, additionally took time to pay tribute to actually everybody at Chelsea after our win over Manchester Metropolis in Saturday’s last — it’s a crew effort in any case, and never simply from those that kick the ball.

“It was an incredible season, we deserve it as a result of we work so laborious, we all the time believed in ourselves and didn’t quit.

“They deserve it, everybody deserves it. The workers, the medical workers, the equipment man, to the individuals within the membership workplace, to you, for everybody. Everybody within the membership helps one another. This superb membership deserves it.”

-Jorginho; supply: Star

A clean-shaven Jorginho was again in motion on Friday, as Italy took on the Czech Republic in a preparatory pleasant forward of Euro 2020. He performed simply over an hour in Italy’s 4-0 win, with Emerson additionally that includes for the final half-hour off the bench.

Jorginho, like all his Chelsea teammates becoming a member of up with their respective nationwide groups, certainly obtained a pleasant welcome upon his arrival to Italy, however earlier this week, he additionally obtained a shock reception at an area restaurant. West London’s Gola Restaurant served Jorginho’s meal in a large cup whereas enjoying the Champions League anthem and giving him a spherical of applause. Jorginho was clearly touched, and that makes this all of the extra beautiful viewing.

(Gola’s Instagram put up will not be embeddable, so right here’s somebody’s repost that obtained heaps extra likes.)

There’s been some hypothesis about Jorginho’s future, with him turning 30 later this 12 months, starting from leaving to signing a brand new contract, however on condition that he’s busy with the nationwide crew in the mean time, it’s unlikely that we’ll get any readability till later in the summertime — although he does have two extra years left on his contract, so we may additionally forgo any actually drastic selections.

Within the meantime, allow us to respect that Jorginho helped us beat Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League last, three years after we gazumped Pep Guardiola for his signature. HA-HA!

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