Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri returning after Lyon loan but reveals he’s had no talks over future with Thomas Tuchel

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EMERSON PALMIERI is returning to Chelsea but has no idea if he figures in Thomas Tuchel’s plans.

The Italian international left-back has just completed a season at Lyon after Tuchel failed to cut short his loan deal in January.

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Emerson Palmieri enjoyed his loan spell at LyonCredit: Rex

And with Marcos Alonso looking to quit Chelsea this summer, the door could finally open for Emerson to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian-born 27-year-old cost £17.5million when he was signed from Roma by Antonio Conte in January 2018.

But he has never been a major player for subsequent managers Maurizio Sarri, Frank Lampard or Tuchel and has not started a Premier League game since January 2020.

Yet he remains a regular pick for Italian national boss Roberto Mancini and was part of the team which won last summer’s Euros final against Italy.

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He says: “It’s been a good season for me personally because I played a lot of games for Lyon but I haven’t spoken to the coach at Chelsea.

“I still have a contract with Chelsea and if I need to go back then I’ll be happy to do that 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 managed just four minutes off the subs bench in Chelsea’s opening league game of last season before being sent on loan to Lyon.

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Tuchel tried to recall him when Ben Chilwell suffered a season ending knee injury in the Champions League game against Juventus in November.

But Lyon refused to rip up their loan agreement and Emerson says: “There was a conversation between the clubs and Lyon said no.

“I didn’t have any say in the matter but I respected the decision because I signed for Lyon for one year, not for six months.

“It was nice to know that Chelsea wanted me back so now I am returning for pre-season and let’s see what happens after that.”

Emerson could return to Chelsea next season

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Emerson could return to Chelsea next seasonCredit: AP

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