Italy boss Mancini can’t hide disappointment over Emerson’s Chelsea stay
Italy manager Roberto Mancini couldn’t hide his disapproval of Emerson’s decision to stay at Chelsea despite a potential lack of game time.
As things stand, the 26-year-old left-back is still a Chelsea player, despite rumours linking him with a return to Serie A right up until Monday’s transfer window deadline.
A recent report from Goal stated Emerson was set to join Juventus on a season-long loan deal – but the move failed to materialise.
The news clearly hasn’t impressed Mancini, who hoped his first-choice left-back would play regular football ahead of next year’s Euros.
He told the media in today’s press conference ahead of Italy’s fixture against Moldova (via beIN Sports): “I was hoping Emerson could go to a team where he can play continuously.
“We have always had a bit of difficulty – there are now fewer Italians compared to the past.
“But we have still put together an excellent team.”
Mancini has been open about his wish to see Emerson leave Chelsea, especially if the defender could return to Serie A.
“It would be nice if Emerson Palmieri, who hasn’t played much for Chelsea, could come and play in Italy,” the former Manchester City boss told Gazzetta dello Sport in March.
Of course, with several countries closing their transfer window a bit later than the Premier League, including Portugal and Russia, Emerson could still leave Chelsea this summer.
And don’t forget the January transfer window is just a few months away if he’s keen to return to his home country.