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Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli reveals Jorginho has approached him to switch allegiance from Brazil to Italy

GABRIEL MARTINELLI has revealed Chelsea midfielder Jorginho took a cheeky approach to switch his international allegiances from Brazil to Italy.

But the arsenal Forward has stated he never considered the possibility of representing anyone but the South American nation.

Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli has been called up to the Brazil squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers

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Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli has been called up to the Brazil squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiersPhoto credit: Getty
Martinelli has revealed that Jorginho has approached him about switching allegiance from Brazil to Italy

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Martinelli has revealed that Jorginho has approached him about switching allegiance from Brazil to ItalyPhoto credit: Getty

Martinelli, born and raised in Brazil, qualifies for the Azzurri through his father.

Despite the 20-year-old Possession of an Italian passporthe stressed last year that it was his dream to represent Brazil.

And that could happen to me this month Martinelli received a first call-up to Tite’s Selecao squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia.

Brazil are hoping to tie down the exciting striker who was part of their squad at the time won the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo last year.

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The 2019 Copa America winners have lost a number of players to Italy in recent years – including Chelsea duo Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri.

And Martinelli has explained that Jorginho tried to convince him to swap Brazil for the Euro 2020 champions.

Speak with Global SportsThe youngster revealed that nobody from the Italian FA had approached him about a change of allegiance.

He said: “Nobody spoke to me, only Jorginho once said to me: ‘I hope to see you in March’, something like that, but nobody [official] spoke to me, no.”

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Before I add: “Like I said before, it was always my dream to play for Brazil. I was just waiting for the opportunity to play for Brazil.

“I still had hope, I did my best at Arsenal and did my job to take an opportunity.

“Thank God the opportunity came, I’ll try to make the best of it.”

Martinelli also believes Arsenal are on the cusp of greatness and will be battling for the Champions League in the future.

He remarked: “We have one [big] Future ahead if we keep this team we can fight for titles in the following seasons, we will fight for that.

“This season we will fight for fourth place, go to the Champions League and then fight for the Champions League.”

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