Antonio Conte has asked defender Emerson Palmieri to leave Chelsea this summer in order to play a bigger role for another club.
Conte was the man who took Emerson at Stamford Bridge, signing him for £ 18million from Roma in 2018. Things haven’t worked out for him in blue, however, making just 70 appearances in three and a half years. 15 of them came in 2020/21 as the 26-year-old failed to find his way into either Frank Lampard or Thomas Tuchel’s plans.
Despite the medals of the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup winners, his career has stalled in London.
As such, reports claim that the left rear has become frustrated with his situation and tries to leave.
A return to Italy seems very likely at this stage. Serie A Champions Inter Milan are favorites, but Napoli are in the race for his signature too.
But whatever his destination, Conte told him to move on to new pastures, according to a report in the Daily Express.
Although he included Emerson in his squad for this summer’s Euro, the boss Azzurri wants the player to ensure regular minutes in order to get back to his best form.
Emerson grateful for Conte’s advice
The story adds that Emerson has yet to decide on his future, so he has a big call to pass this summer.
But he says Conte’s words have been invaluable to him because he knows his trainer wants the best for him.
“It showed he cared about me,” he said.
“He wants to see me do well, so he said maybe it would be better for me if I headed to another ambitious team where I could play as much as possible and raise my level of play again.
“He expressed that wish, but sometimes we know it in football. It depends on other things, on a number of factors.
“It’s not just up to me. All I can promise, every time I’m with the national team, is to run and play until the last drop of sweat.
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