Roberto Mancini suggests Chelsea’s Emerson should ‘come and play in Italy’

Emerson struggling for minutes

Emerson joined Chelsea in January of 2018 from Serie A outfit AS Roma.

Chelsea are believed to have paid around £18m for the defender’s services.

But since his move to Stamford Bridge, Emerson has struggled for regular first-team football.

His first half-season with the capital giants saw the Italian make just five Premier League appearances.

Emerson’s first full season in the English top-flight was also fairly disappointing, with the full-back garnering just 10 league appearances under Maurizio Sarri.

Emerson Palmieri

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 24: Emerson of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on January 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Mancini on Emerson’s future

When Frank Lampard took the reins at Chelsea, however, Emerson’s fortunes looked to take a turn for the better.

The 25-year-old appeared to be Lampard’s first-choice left-back, with the defender having featured fairly heavily at the beginning of the campaign.

But in recent games, the former Roma standout once again looks to have fallen down the pecking order, with Marcos Alonso or Cesar Azpilicueta often starting at left-back ahead of him.

And now, Italy boss Roberto Mancini has suggested that the Chelsea defender should return to Italy:

“As for the full-backs, we knew Adam Masina, although he disappeared from the radar a bit after his move to Watford.

“Luca Pellegrini already spent time with the senior squad and can improve.

‘It would be nice if Emerson Palmieri, who hasn’t played much for Chelsea, could come and play in Italy.” As quoted by the Daily Mail.

With the Euros now pushed back a year, Emerson has more time to stake a claim to be Chelsea’s main left-back, and earn more playing time. But Mancini’s words could perhaps make Emerson pursue a move away from the Blues this summer.

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