Emerson Palmieri has hinted at a desire to return to Italy amid links with Inter Milan and Juventus, despite insisting he is happy at Chelsea.
The left-back has been linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge in recent months, despite being shown increased confidence by Frank Lampard this season.
The futures of both Emerson and his competitor for the left-back role, Marcos Alonso, are under question, as the Blues continue to be linked with a move for England and Leicester City star Ben Chilwell.
A return to Serie A has been suggested for Emerson, who played for Palermo and Roma before joining Chelsea in January 2018 – with former Blues bosses Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte considering taking him to Juventus or Inter Milan respectively.
Asked by Sky Sport Italia if a return to Italy was on the agenda, Emerson replied: “I was very happy in Serie A, including with the culture, which is also why I chose to play for Italy.
“It is something that could happen, but I am very happy in England. 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!”
Emerson was also asked about the influence of his former Italian managers, both of whom may be eyeing up a reunion – but he also had words of praise for current boss Frank Lampard.
He added: “I learned a lot from Conte, he proved himself to be a fantastic coach, but I think for the time we worked together and the results we achieved, I got even more from Sarri.
“Frank Lampard is young, he was a player until recently, so he knows how to talk to the players. He was an idol at Chelsea and I’m sure he’ll get even better as a coach. He’s got a great heart.”
Emerson and Lampard were rumoured to have had a falling out earlier this year, but the Brazilian-born defender insisted there was no truth behind the stories.
However, they may still part ways, with Napoli being a third Italian side interested in taking the 25-year-old back to his adopted homeland.