Chelsea star open to summer exit but focus remains on trophy success

Date published: Tuesday 30th March 2021 11:42 - James Marshment

Reece James, Hakim Ziyech, Emerson Palmieri, Chelsea

Emerson Palmieri has admitted he will consider a transfer away from Chelsea this summer – but for now he has set a triple target for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

The 26-year-old wing-back was signed in January 2018 from Roma but has never established himself as a regular. This season, he’s been limited to just two Premier League appearances and is yet to feature in the competition under Thomas Tuchel. The German also has Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso as options and Palmieri has been relegated to third choice.

That has led to speculation linking him with Inter Milan and Napoli. As a result, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has reportedly named her price.

However, Emerson was giving little away when questioned about his next club but said he’ll consider his options come the summer.

“It’s still early to talk about the future. I am focused on the national team only. We’ll see what happens in June.”

Tuchel’s side are firmly back in the race for the top four, while the Italy defender also hopes for double trophy success.

“Chelsea can go all the way in the Champions League and the FA Cup. We can win something this season,” he added.

Emerson was also the subject of interest from West Ham in January; an approach rejected by then boss Frank Lampard.


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Emerson enjoying Italy link-up

Despite his lack of game-time at Chelsea, Emerson remains a popular figure of Roberto Mancini’s squad. The full-back featured in Thursday’s World Cup qualification victory over Northern Ireland. And he has taken time out to praise the spirit that exists within the Azzurri camp.

“It’s a different group. I’ve never worked with a group like this one. We are like a family and we are humble,” the Chelsea defender told Rai Sport.

“We are working hard, we are happy to stay together, and we show it on the pitch.”

Next up for Italy is a clash against Lithuania, with Mancini’s side looking to make it three wins from three in qualifiers.

Emerson though is warning his teammates that they cannot afford to take Wednesday’s opponents for granted.

“We respect them, but we want to enter the pitch to win the game. We are focused, we are a group of special players and we feel ready,” he said.

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