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Frank Lampard hails "big influence" Jorginho

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The midfielder has been linked with a return to Serie A.

Frank Lampard has hailed Jorginho as a "big influence" at Chelsea this term.

Blues boss Lampard insisted the Italy star will play a crucial role as the Stamford Bridge men chase a top-four Premier League finish.

Jorginho continues to be linked with a summer switch to Juventus, but Lampard still has faith in the defensive midfielder.

Frank Lampard, pictured, wants to rely on Jorginho for Chelsea's Premier League run-in (Glyn Kirk/NMC Pool)

Billy Gilmour will miss up to four months after knee surgery, with N'Golo Kante still nursing a hamstring concern, so Jorginho could make his first start since the Premier League resumption at Sheffield United on Saturday.

"A good professional will be unhappy they're not playing but deal with it in the right way, which he has done," said Lampard.

"My job now is to understand that every individual is different and I try and deal with them as you feel your relationship is individually.

"Some I will decide to speak to more than others or feel like I have to give reasons why. Some I will want to see from their reaction in training how they are dealing with things.

"With Jorginho I feel we're hanging on this one at the moment. He's been a big influence this season.

"Sometimes we play a holding midfield player. N'Golo Kante's done it, Billy Gilmour's done it, Jorginho's done it a lot this season.

"I choose it where I see fit for the games and if we are playing well I want to go again.

"I look at the opposition, I have to make choices. They're not easy choices.

"Jorginho knows I'm always ready to talk. I've got a very good relationship that's very open with him.

"Where he's trained well and shown the right character we haven't had to have any sit-downs and I know I can rely on Jorginho when he plays at any moment.

"I know I can rely on him to drive the team and be the one in training who wins a small-sided game as much or as more than anyone else. In that way he's a fantastic player to manage."

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd391813867373067
4Chelsea392061370571366
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Everton401411154858-1053
12Southampton38157165160-952
13Crystal Palace391210173350-1746
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3956282677-5121
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