Emerson Palmieri

Agent of Chelsea defender Emerson provides update on future following Europa League triumph

Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri’s agent has this evening spoken out over his client’s future in London.

Chelsea struggles

Emerson, a 24-year-old left-back, made the move to Stamford Bridge in January of last year, from AS Roma.

However, the Brazilian-born Italian’s Chelsea stint subsequently got off to a rocky start, to say the least.

Over the course of his first 12 months with the Blues, Emerson managed a measly 3 Premier League starts, after failing to displace Marcos Alonso in the plans of either Antonio Conte or Maurizio Sarri.

As such, the stopper was heavily-linked with a return to Serie A during the winter transfer window.

The likes of Juventus and Inter Milan were both named as sides expressing a keen interest in the South American’s services.

‘Future is in London’

The closing months of the season, however, proved a very different story.

After being handed the chance to impress during an extended run of appearances by Maurizio Sarri, Emerson seized his opportunity with both hands.

The twice-capped Italian international went on to push Marcos Alonso frequently to the bench, impressing both defensively and with his constant bursts forward.

DUBLIN, IRELAND – AUGUST 01: Emerson Palmieri of Chelsea during the Pre-season friendly International Champions Cup game between Arsenal and Chelsea at Aviva stadium on August 1, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Emerson’s influence was most-keenly felt in the Europa League, where the 24-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both of the Blues’ semi-final meetings with Eintracht Frankfurt, as well as the club’s showpiece victory over Arsenal last night.

The Santos youth product even set up Olivier Giroud’s opener with a pinpoint delivery.

And, as confirmed by agent Leonardo Cornacini this evening, Emerson’s upturn in fortunes over the last couple of months appear to have decided his future, with the full-back set to remain at Stamford Bridge into next season and beyond:

‘He still has years left on his contract.’

‘He’s happy and the club are happy to keep him. We’re certain that his future is in London.’

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