Mancini Urges Chelsea’s Emerson To Return To Serie A And Fight For Italy Place

Italy manager Roberto
Mancini says he would like to see Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri return to
Serie A as he considers his selection for the delayed European
Championship.

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Emerson left Roma for Stamford Bridge in 2018, and has been in and out of the Blues’ side ever since.

After
Euro 2020 was pushed back until the summer of 2021 due to the
coronavirus crisis, players will have more time to work their way into
Mancini’s thoughts – but Emerson isn’t the only defender in the mix.

“As
for the full-backs, we knew Adam Masina, although he disappeared from
the radar a bit after his move to Watford,” Mancini told the Gazzetta
dello Sport.

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“Luca Pellegrini already spent time with the senior squad and can improve.

“It would be nice if Emerson Palmieri, who hasn’t played much for Chelsea, could come and play in Italy.”

Mancini
knows football is not the priority right now. He has lost friends
during the Covid-19 outbreak, and described seeing a military convoy
transporting coffins out of Bergamo as “like a punch in the face”.

However, he remains optimistic about the ability of football to bring joy back to the people once it is safe to play.

“I expect a European Championship of a very high level, of great quality. We will try to win a top tournament,” he said.

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“I
can’t wait to stand in front of the bench and listen to the national
anthem play out. After everything the country is going through, it’s
going to be an immense sensation.”

Italy have a number of
young players vying for places in their tournament squad, all of whom
will have another year to develop – though it remains to be seen how
much football will be played before the Euros.

Roma’s young
star Nicolo Zaniolo’s participation in the tournament was in doubt after
suffering a cruciate ligament rupture, but he now has time to recover
his fitness.

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“Clearly, recovering a player with unique
characteristics like Zaniolo is important and the many young players we
have already in the squad will be more experienced next summer,” Mancini
added.

“If the likes of Federico Chiesa were to move to a
bigger club and play international club football, that could also speed
up the maturation process.

“As I told his father, Federico
has to play with the utmost enthusiasm. Others like Domenico Berardi
ought to be a star already with his capabilities, but he’s still 25 and
can grow a great deal in future.”