Emerson Palmieri explains why did not return to Chelsea in January

Emerson Palmieri has been enjoying his stay at Lyon.

The defender has been loaned out to French club Lyon for the 2021/22 season and Thomas Tuchel wants him back at Chelsea this January window.

Chelsea lost Ben Chilwell to a long-term injury and is expected to remain out for the remainder of the season.

Thomas Tuchel recalled the defender to deal with the situation in their left-back position.

Tuchel said: “We know Emi, we appreciate him as a player and person in general. He had such a huge influence although he did not have a lot of minutes last season.

“He is a top guy, top professional and he is still a Chelsea player. It is not only what I wish for. We need to evaluate the situation. We are looking into it on this position. Emi is one of the options. I will not comment further.”

Palmieri explains why he refused to come back to Chelsea this January window.

The Italian defender said: “I did not return to Chelsea because I promised Juninho (Lyon’s sporting director) that I would stay for a season. I am a man of my word.

“I like being in Lyon, I want to be here. For next season, hard to say because depends on the clubs but I’m happy here.”


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