EMERSON PALMIERI returns to Chelsea but has no idea if he features in Thomas Tuchel’s plans.
The Italian left-back has just ended a season at Lyon after Tuchel failed to end his loan deal in January.
And with Marcos Alonso looking to leave Chelsea this summer, Emerson could finally open the door to making a name for himself at Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian-born, 27-year-old cost £17.5m when he was signed from Roma’s Antonio Conte in January 2018.
But he was never a key player for eventual managers Maurizio Sarri, Frank Lampard or Tuchel and has not started a Premier League game since January 2020.
However, he remains a regular choice for Italy coach Roberto Mancini and was part of the side that beat Italy in last summer’s European Championship final.
He says: “For me personally, it’s been a good season because I’ve played a lot of games for Lyon, but I haven’t spoken to the Chelsea manager.
“I’m still under contract at Chelsea and if I have to go back I’m happy to do so because it’s a good club and a good place for me.
“I played there for three years and won some trophies. I have a lot of friends at Chelsea but I don’t know what the plan is.”
Emerson made it off the bench just four minutes in Chelsea’s first league game last season before being loaned to Lyon.
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Tuchel tried to call him back when Ben Chilwell suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Champions League game against Juventus in November.
But Lyon refused to tear up their loan deal and Emerson says: “There was talk between the clubs and Lyon said no.
“I had no say but I respected the decision because I signed with Lyon for a year, not six months.
“It was nice to know that Chelsea wanted me back so I’m going back now for the pre-season and let’s see what happens after that.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5475111/chelsea-emerson-palmieri-lyon-tuchel/ Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri returns after Lyon loan but reveals he has not held talks over Thomas Tuchel’s future