'I can choose': Defender confirms he wants to leave Chelsea to 'feel important' again

Emerson Palmieri has admitted that he is now considering his options and might leave Chelsea for another club where he will play more prominent role.

The 27-year-old spent just five minutes as a sub when Chelsea secured their first win of the Premier League season over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

It pretty much sums up his situation as at Stamford Bridge in the last few years, and it is now clear that he is not very happy about it.

Thomas Tuchel seems to see Emerson as a third-choice left-back, behind both Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso.

Recently, the Chelsea managers has even begun experimenting with Callum Hudson-Odoi in that left wing-back role.

Emerson has now opened up on his desire to leave the club to pursue regular football at another club.

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“I know it’s not easy, but I’m hungry to play,” the Italy international told ESPN Brasil.

“I want to play, I know I can be out on the pitch, I’ve proved that.

“So I’m going to do everything I can to be on the pitch. Of course, I still have two more years on my contract with Chelsea, which is a great club.

“I’ve already proved that I can play here, but at the same time I want to be on the pitch. I want to play, I want to feel important, like I already did.

“I want to have the same feeling I felt when I scored against Atlético Madrid, to have the same feeling when I won the Champions League.”

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There have been reports of interest from several Italian clubs in Emerson, including from Napoli whose manager Luciano Spalletti has worked with the Chelsea defender before at Rome.

While Emerson admitted that he is “pleased” with the interest, he insisted that he will take his time before making any decision.

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“And I will really choose the best option,” he added.

“If it’s to stay at Chelsea, if it happens to Napoli or another team.

“I still have another 25 days practically to think about it, to be able to choose the best, the best place. Where they really want me, want me happy.

“Last season I didn’t have the opportunity to maybe choose, to maybe have another option.

“Today, I have others, I can choose, I have time to choose, so for sure next season will be the way I choose, not how things arrive and I have to accept them.

“I will do everything to choose the best option, which is the one of being on the pitch as many times as possible.”

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