Italy manager Roberto Mancini believes
it's important for Emerson Palmieri to leave Chelsea in order to find
more regular playing time elsewhere.
The former Manchester City boss has risked riling the Blues faithful
by suggesting the left-back should find himself a new club in Serie A
Emerson managed to help the Blues win the Europa League last season
but the defender has fallen down the pecking order at The Bridge since
the arrival of manager Frank Lampard from Derby County.
The Brazilian-born star has not featured for the Blues since 21 January, when Chelsea played out a 2-2 stalemate with Arsenal.
Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta, depending on the formation, have
been preferred at left-back or left wing-back this season and now
Emerson is believed to be considering his next move.
Mancini, who has also spoken of other wing-backs, has given the
25-year-old a nudge and feels the former Roma star would be better off
returning to Italy to kick-start his career.
"As for the full-backs, we knew Adam Masina, although he disappeared
from the radar a bit after his move to Watford," the former City boss
told Gazzetta dello Sport. "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."
With Alonso and Azpilicueta above Emerson in the pecking order it
seems unlikely the seven-time capped Italy international will risk
dropping off the radar for the Azzurri with a continued lack of game
time going into next season.
Emerson is unlikely to struggle for suitors in Serie A and might even
consider a return to Roma, where he enjoyed a successful spell between
2015-18 before making the switch to west London.
- TEAMtalk media