Manager confirms player will not return to Chelsea in January

Lyon manager Peter Bosz has confirmed that they are not going to allow Emerson to return to parent club Chelsea despite Thomas Tuchel’s wish.

Technically, the 27-year-old, who is on a season-long loan deal at Lyon, is still a Chelsea player and is under contract with the London club until 2024.

However, the recent reports, which claim Chelsea were even willing to offer compensation to Lyon to cut the loan short, suggest that the loan agreement did not involve an option to recall the player.

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To be fair, hardly anybody expected that Chelsea would be without their first-choice left-back Ben Chilwell for at least half a season due to injury.


At the time, inserting an option to buy in the deal was arguably a more sensible move than having an option to recall.

Chelsea, as Tuchel suggested in his press conference on Friday morning, are still assessing their options in terms of recalling their loanees and the possibility to do so.

Tuchel himself was very open about wanting Emerson back in his squad, highlighting the defender’s attitude during the several months they worked together.

However, the Italy international’s early Chelsea return seems to be out of the question after Bosz’s statement in his press conference.

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“We will keep Emerson,” the former Leverkusen manager told the media (via Lyon’s official website).

Unless Chelsea can somehow convince the Lyon board, perhaps with the compensation fee they were reportedly ready to offer, they will have to find another solution to the left-back crisis.

The Blues have recently recalled Kenedy from Flamengo, and Tuchel seems to consider him as an option as a left wing-back, although not necessarily the solution to the problem entirely.

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