Emerson Palmieri admitted that things are ‘not going as I wish’ at the London club and that he only feels ‘important’ when he’s part of the Italy national team setup. Italy international has fallen further down the pecking order after the arrival of Ben Chilwell from Leicester City this summer.
With Marcos Alonso already ahead of Emerson, his chances to play could be limited this campaign. Indeed, Palmieri has made only one start this campaign in the Carabao Cup and hasn’t played a minute of PL football.
The 26-year-old defender was strongly linked with a return to Serie A this summer, with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte keen on taking him to Inter Milan, however, a move didn’t materialise. And he admitted he’s finding life in Chelsea hard at the moment.
‘When I arrive here [with the national team] I change my head,’ said the Italian defender. ‘I feel important and part of the group. At Chelsea, things are not going as I wish in this part of the season. I just have to work.’ Emerson stays a regular in Roberto Mancini’s Italy team and played the full 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Poland.
‘When you play for the national team, you always have to be ready,’ Palmieri added. We are due to play three games in 10 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.’
In the tie against Poland, Emerson also had a decent chance of his own in front of goal, whilst also seeing calls for a penalty denied.