The former Napoli midfielder was at the heart of his side’s Champions League triumph at the end of that last season and followed up by playing a starring role in the Azzurri’s Euro 2020 success.
Kante, meanwhile, won the man-of-the-match awards in both legs of Chelsea’s semi-final win over Real Madrid and the final against Manchester City where he helped blunt Pep Guardiola’s all-star forward line.
Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta, homegrown academy graduate Mason Mount and summer signing Romelu Lukaku help complete a Chelsea quintet of nominees.
Speaking about his chances of winning Europe’s most prestigious individual prize recently, Jorginho said: ‘We all have dreams. But, I’ll be honest, it depends on the criteria that the decision is based on.
‘If we’re talking about talent then I know I’m not the best in the world. But if it’s going on titles, then nobody has won more than I have this season!
‘How could I compare myself to [Lionel] Messi, Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo? They’ve got completely different characteristics to me. But, I repeat, it depends on the criteria.’