Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri said he has already had a conversation with Frank Lampard over a potential January exit and expressed his interest in a potential return to Italy.
It is already November and the 26-year-old is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League this season.
Ben Chilwell, who arrived from Leicester City this summer, has established himself as a regular starter for the left-back position and any shift in the pecking order seems very unlikely, at least for now.
While Emerson appears to be the current second-choice left-back ahead of Marcos Alonso, it might be not good enough for the Italy international.
“Let’s see, football this year is a bit strange, and so is the transfer market,” the defender told reporters during his press conference for Italy on Friday (via Sky Italia).
“Unfortunately I’m not playing much for Chelsea, but I’m calm and I think things can only get better, in London or somewhere else.
“Lampard spoke to me, let’s see in two months if I will be able to win a place in Chelsea or if it will be necessary to think about something else.”
The former Roma player also opened up about his desire to return to Serie A, although he said there was also interest from outside his home country.
“There was some interest in me but not concrete things,” he added.
“I’d love to go back to Italy but I can’t say if it will happen in January or five years from now.
“In football everything changes too quickly.”
Juventus to restart negotiations?
A report from Calciomercato claims that Juventus could continue their pursuit of the Chelsea defender after failing to secure a deal in the final days of the summer transfer window.
The deal reportedly collapsed after the Serie A champions insisted on bringing Emerson on a loan deal with an option to buy; an offer Chelsea could not accept.
Considering how difficult it has been for the Blues to offload some of their players permanently, renegotiation could be on the cards.