Portuguese manager Jorge Jesus has just arrived in Brazil, where he’s set to sign a one-year contract with Flamengo.

The move is being taken by the local press as a big deal, since it’s not easy to take a famous manager out of Europe and convince him to take charge of a South American side.

Now Flamengo fans have one more reason to be proud of signing Jesus, at least according to a claim from a local journalist. That’s because Thiago Asmar says the manager has rejected Chelsea to join the Rio de Janeiro side.

On a Youtube video, Asmar claims that he was speaking to a friend in Portugal who was having dinner with Jorge Jesus. That’s when the journalist had a chance to chat with the manager, and was told by Jesus himself that he rejected an offer from Chelsea.

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It’s claimed that Jesus didn’t want to say how much Roman Abramovich was offering him, and the reason he chose Flamengo is because he wanted a bigger challenge.

Thiago Asmar used to work for Globo, the biggest media company in Brazil, and ended up leaving the job after a scandal. He now owns a Youtube channel, so although we’re not a fan of this kind of source, that’s a reporter with an interesting background.

True or not, this story should be a subject in Jesus’ press conference once he’s officially presented by Flamengo.