25-year-old left-back could leave Chelsea during the summer

Emerson Palmieri says a come back to Serie A ‘could happen’ and is full of praise for his former bosses Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte, but insists he is in no rush to leave Blues. Italy international has been in-and-out of Chelsea since he arrived in England from Roma in winter 2018, under Conte, Sarri and now Lampard.

Emerson has impressed at times but struggled to hold onto a regular place in the first team, starting only 13 Premier League matches this campaign and none since 21 January.

English coach has been regularly linked with signing a new left-back, with the likes of Ben Chilwell, Alex Telles and Nicolas Tagliafico all possible targets, and Palmieri admits his future may well be away from Chelsea.

‘I was pleased in Serie A, including with the culture, which is also why I chose to play for Italy,’ the 25-year-old defender said. ‘A return to Italy could happen, but I have a deal with Blues, and I’m in no rush to go anywhere.’

‘It has been a wonderful experience at Chelsea, as first there was Conte, so, it was easier to deal with an Italian boss. As for Sarri, I’ve no words for what a great year we had, as we finished third in the Premier League, reached the Carabao Cup Final and won the Europa League.’

The Italian defender was born in Brazil and started his career at local club Santos before moving to Italy in 2014 and going on to represent his adopted country seven times. While he is considering a move back to Serie A, he has praised current manager Frank Lampard and feels he will make considerable strides in management.

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