Chelsea defender Emerson admits he could return to Serie A

Chelsea defender Emerson has recently spoken about the prospect of returning to Serie A.

Emerson’s Chelsea stint

Chelsea secured the services of Emerson from Serie A outfit AS Roma back in January of 2018.

The Blues are understood to have paid a fee in the region of £18m for the full-back.

Since making the switch to London, though, Emerson has found it quite hard to hold down a regular starting spot.

The Santos youth product made just three Premier League starts in his first half-season under Antonio Conte.

Emerson was then largely used as a cup player when Maurizio Sarri was in the dugout at Stamford Bridge last term.

And despite having seemingly cemented himself as Chelsea’s first-choice left-back when Frank Lampard took the reins at the beginning of the current season, the 25-year-old has since once again slipped down the pecking order somewhat.

ROME, ROMA – APRIL 04: Felipe Anderson of SS Lazio battles with Emerson Palmieri of AS Roma during the TIM Cup match between AS Roma and SS Lazio at Stadio Olimpico on April 4, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

Emerson open to Italy switch

As such, amid his struggles to maintain regular playing time, Italy boss Roberto Mancini stated in March that it would be nice if Emerson could secure a return to the country.

Recently, meanwhile, Emerson has been linked with Serie A powerhouse Juventus.

And now, as mentioned above, the seven-time capped international has seemingly opened the door to a return to the Italian top-flight.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Emerson stated that he was previously very happy in Serie A, before admitting that he could return:

“I was very happy in Serie A, including with the culture, which is also why I chose to play for Italy.

“A return to Serie A could happen, but I have a contract with Chelsea and I’m in no rush to go anywhere.

“It has been a wonderful experience at Chelsea, as first there was Conte, so obviously it was easier to deal with an Italian coach.

“As for Sarri, I’ve no words for what a marvellous year we had, as we finished third in the Premier League, reached the Carabao Cup Final and won the Europa League. We can’t complain!”

Quotes via the Evening Standard.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.