Jorginho’s agent says they’ll wait until February to make a decision on his contract option, but Arsenal remain the player’s priority.
Jorginho joined Arsenal in the January transfer window from London rivals Chelsea, but the player only signed an initial contract to 2024.
The deal has an option to extend to 2025, and with Jorginho starting games regularly that extension seems like an inevitability.
But the player’s agent says that they won’t rush a decision on that extension, even if Arsenal remain his priority.
“Everything is at a standstill,” Joao Santos said. “We’ll think about it after February. However, the priority remains Arsenal.”
Jorginho recently told the media that he’s hoping to eventually return to Italy, though he doesn’t expect to do so immediately.
“I miss Italy and I would like to return, in fact, I will definitely return, but I don’t know if next summer will be the right time,” Jorginho said.
“I feel I still have things to do at Arsenal. It always takes time when you change teams, but the first six months at Arsenal were not negative, on the contrary.
“Obviously, it takes time to understand the mechanisms better, Arteta gives you a billion pieces of information but I’m very happy there.”
Jorginho has had a mixed international break so far, returning to the Italian national team and helping them to a 5-2 win over North Macedonia, but having a penalty saved in the process.
In the midfielder’s defence, just seconds after his penalty miss, his drive into the box saw the ball fall to Nicolo Barella, who set up Federico Chiesa to score. The penalty was quickly forgotten and Italy secured the three points.
That now gives Italy the advantage ahead of their final qualification game against Ukraine, knowing that a draw would be enough to qualify for Euro 2024.