'Could happen': Emerson speaks about possible Chelsea exit

Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri has hinted at a possible Serie A return in the summer and spoke about former managers Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.

The 25-year-old has been heavily linked to several Italian clubs since failing to cement his spot under Frank Lampard this season.

Emerson was the manager’s first-choice for the majority of the campaign but he lost his spot after a poor display in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal in January.

The Italy international has not played since and it remains to be seen whether he will be back on the team-sheet once the Premier League resumes.

Emerson said he doesn’t rule out a summer move to Serie A, although he would take his time before making any decision.

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He told Sky Sport Italia: “I was very happy in Serie A, including with the culture, which is also why I chose to play for Italy.

“A return to Serie A could happen, but I have a contract with Chelsea and I’m in no rush to go anywhere.

“It has been a wonderful experience at Chelsea, as first there was [Antonio] Conte, so obviously it was easier to deal with an Italian coach.

“As for [Maurizio] Sarri, I’ve no words for what a marvellous year we had, as we finished third in the Premier League, reached the Carabao Cup final and won the Europa League. We can’t complain!”

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