Emerson Palmieri has refused to rule out a summer exit from Chelsea, but admits he is happy at the club.

The 24-year-old ended his first season at Stamford Bridge impressively, making the left-back spot his own.

He started the Europa League final win over Arsenal last month, which Chelsea won 4-1 in Baku.

Having initially had to play second fiddle to Marcos Alonso, Emerson ousted the Spaniard, appearing 27 times in all competitions.

Despite his good form, the Italy international has been linked with a move away from west London this summer, with Juventus tipped to sign him.

Maurizio Sarri looks set to be joining Juve from Chelsea, which is perhaps why the move is being mooted.

Emerson played for Italy in their 2-1 win over Bosnia on Tuesday, and speaking to reporters after the game, he remained coy over his future:

I have a contract with Chelsea and I am happy there, especially after the Europa League [victory].

At this time I haven’t received any offers. Everyone is saying [Allianz Stadium could be my new home] however I am very relaxed.

I will continue to work hard and not focus on these things.

Should the former Roma man leave Chelsea, reinforcements would be required at left-back.

Alonso himself could leave in the coming weeks, but even if he stays, his poor form in 2019/20 highlights the need for an upgrade.


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