Defender Emerson Palmieri has hit out at "fake news" suggestions that he is frustrated with his situation at Chelsea.
The Italy left-back reacted with annoyance to reports in Italy that
he has not been enjoying boss Frank Lampard's training methods.
Inter Milan and Juventus are understood to be keen to take Emerson
back to Serie A this summer, while Blues manager Lampard is weighing up a
major Stamford Bridge reshuffle.
Emerson has moved to issue an Instagram statement affirming his
commitment to Chelsea however, scotching talk of any unrest in west
"The world is going through a really difficult moment and there are
journalists who want to spread fake news around to have content,"
Emerson posted in an Instagram story.
"I don't speak too much, but here is my only and last statement regarding this news.
"I never said that and I think definitely the opposite of what was mentioned, without my knowledge.
"Respect and gratitude always. Enjoy your family."
Marcos Alonso and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta have filled
Chelsea's left-back role for the brunt of Lampard's first campaign at
the Blues' helm.
Skipper Azpilicueta has often shifted across to the left to
accommodate fast-developing youngster Reece James, while Alonso had
surged back into form before the coronavirus shutdown.
Emerson has made 21 first-team appearances this term and now his
forceful social media statement further asserts his desire to keep
pushing for regular football at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard has long been linked with a summer raid of Leicester for
England full-back Ben Chilwell, but the Foxes could demand too hefty a
fee to see a transfer completed.
- TEAMtalk media