Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri insists he feels more valued at international level than at the Blues, admitting “things are not going as I wish”.
The Brazilian-born Italian international joined Chelsea under then-manager Antonio Conte in January 2018. However, he has yet to make an impact at the club since his £18 million move from Roma.
He was initially brought in as cover for Marcos Alonso, featuring on a rotation basis in domestic and cup competitions. However, Ben Chilwell’s summer acquisition from Leicester City will arguably see the Italian downgraded to third-fiddle.
The 26-year-old has made just two Blues appearances this term in all competitions. Nevertheless, he was called up by Italy boss Roberto Mancini for internationals against Moldova, Poland and the Netherlands.
‘At Chelsea, things are not going as I wish’
Speaking following the Azzurri’s goalless stalemate with the Poles, Emerson said he felt more welcomed by his national contingent but explained he needed to improve to alter his Blues fortunes.
As quoted by Goal, he said: “When I arrive here I change my head. I feel important and part of the group.
“At Chelsea, things aren’t going as I wish in this part of the season. I just have to work.”
‘Have to be ready’
Emerson’s substitute cameo against Moldova was his first appearance for Italy since November 2019.
His start against Poland was only his second start overall this season, following Chelsea’s Carabao Cup third-round victory over Barnsley.
However, despite the lack of game time, the full-back said “you always have to be ready” when representing your country.
He said: “When you play for the national team, you always have to be ready.
“We are due to play three games in ten days. When I knew I had to play I was happy – but it came as no surprise.
“When I play with this shirt, I have to give my best.”
Emerson’s Chelsea career
The defender has made 51 appearances in all competitions at Chelsea and helped to win the FA Cup in his first year. The following season, he was part of the side that won the Europa League.
He made 15 Premier League appearances under Frank Lampard last term but has yet to feature in the league this campaign.
Emerson had been linked to a reunion with Conte at Inter Milan during the transfer window in an attempt to seek more game time.
However, the move failed to materialise and Emerson looks set to remain third-choice Chelsea left-back – for now.
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