Italy manager Roberto Mancini has urged Emerson Palmieri to return to Serie A after failing to claim a first-choice spot at Chelsea.

The 25-year-old was initially Frank Lampard’s number one for the left-back position, given 13 starts in all competitions in the first half of the season.

But he failed to impress the manager and the away match against Arsenal in December was the final straw.

Started as a left wing-back in a 3-4-2-1 formation, Emerson was taken off after just 33 minutes. The Italian international struggled against Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lampard decided to change the system to a 4-3-3 with Jorginho coming on.

Emerson only featured in three games since, one in the FA Cup and a couple of league games.

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With Chelsea being heavily linked with a summer move for Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell and Porto’s Alex Telles, Emerson will likely leave the Stamford Bridge this summer.

Italy boss Roberto Mancini seems to agree with Emerson’s Chelsea exit rumour.

Asked about his left-back choice for the Italian national team, Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport: “As for the full-backs, we knew Adam Masina, although he disappeared from the radar a bit after his move to Watford.

“Luca Pellegrini already spent time with the senior squad and can improve.

“It would be nice if Emerson Palmieri, who hasn’t played much for Chelsea, could come and play in Italy.”

As UEFA have now confirmed Euro 2020 will be delayed until 2021, a move away from Chelsea makes the most sense for Emerson to secure his spot in the national team.

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