Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri has hit back at claims that he is looking to leave Stamford Bridge after falling out of favour under manager Frank Lampard.
There had been reports in Italy that he was not on the best of terms with the Blues boss and wanted a return to Italy but the fullback dismissed the speculation:
“The world is going through a really difficult moment and there are journalists who want to spread fake news around to have content 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.”
Emerson has certainly struggled for game time in recent months, having only started three games since Christmas, and there are doubts over his long term future at Chelsea.
Lampard is reportedly actively looking for a new left-back with the likes of Leicester’s Ben Chilwell, Porto’s Alex Telles and Getafe’s Marc Cucurella having all been linked.
Inter Milan and Juventus have also been mentioned as possible suitors for Emerson, with the clubs being managed by two of his former managers, Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.
However, it does appear the Italian international is not in a rush to leave the Blues, especially with the football season having been suspended due to the ongoing health crisis.