Emerson Says His Career At Chelsea Is Not Going Well
Emerson Palmieri has admitted his Chelsea career is “not going as I wish” and that he only feels “important” to Italy.
Chelsea forked out £18 million ($23m) to sign Emerson from Roma in January 2018, tying him down to a four-and-a-half-year contract.
The 26-year-old has played second fiddle to Marcos Alonso at left-back since then, and fell even further down the squad pecking order following the arrival of Ben Chilwell from Leicester in August.
A return to Serie A was mooted for Emerson before the summer transfer deadline, with ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte reportedly keen on arranging a reunion with the defender at San Siro.
However, a final deal never came to fruition, and the ex-Roma star now has no choice but to remain on the sidelines until the market reopens again in the new year.
Emerson remains a regular in Roberto Mancini’s Italy set-up despite his current situation at Chelsea, and took in the full 90 minutes of a 0-0 draw with Poland in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday.
The full-back says he feels more valued at international level than at Stamford Bridge, with a lack of competitive action in England coming as a huge source of frustration.
Emerson told reporters after Italy’s trip to Poland:
“When I arrive here I change my head. I feel important and part of the group.
“At Chelsea, things are not going as I wish in this part of the season. I just have to work.”
The Chelsea outcast also appeared in Italy’s 6-0 friendly win over Moldova last week, and will be back in contention for a place in Mancini’s line-up when the Azzurri take on the Netherlands on Wednesday.
Emerson added ahead of a second Nations League encounter in the space of four days:
“When you play for the national team, you always have to be ready.
“We are due to play three games in 10 days, when I knew I had to play I was happy but it came as no surprise.
“When I play with this shirt I have to give my best.”