Davide Zappacosta has revealed his delight at returning to Italy after passing a medical with Roma.
The Chelsea full-back is on the verge of completing a loan move to the Italy capital after two years with the Blues in west London.
It’s understood the 27-year-old has passed a medical with the Rome club with an announcement expected imminently on a temporary switch.
Upon landing in the Italian capital, he told reporters of his happiness at returning to Rome – just 100km from the town of Sora where he grew up.
Zappacosta said, as cited by The Sun: “Returning to my country is very emotional. I am very happy, I missed Italy so much.
“I’m glad to be back here, Rome feels like my home because I live nearby.
“I’m very happy. I know [Roma sporting director Gianluca] Petrachi well and I know how much passion he puts into his work.
“I know the Roma supporters are passionate – Roma are a young team and I think we can do well.”
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 21, 2019
Zappacosta, who arrived under Antonio Conte’s reign from Torino, fell out of favour under Maurizio Sarri and has been told by new boss Frank Lampard that he is free to leave Stamford Bridge.