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Emerson Palmieri joined Chelsea from Roma during the January transfer window, but the Brazilian is yet to make his debut for the club.

The 23-year-old could make his debut at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup game against Hull City after recovering from a serious knee injury, and he has revealed he’s raring to go.

“Physically, I feel great,” Emerson told the club’s matchday programme for the West Brom game. “The injury is now in the past.

“They were six difficult months for me but what is important is right now and I feel good. I couldn’t feel better so I only have in mind the idea of training with my team and helping us achieve success.

“I came here because this is a great club with a great history. English football is something I have been watching since I was 15 years old. It’s a really beautiful game over here and it’s going to be even more beautiful to play it. I’m coming here with great expectations.

“I learned so much in Italy. Before I went there I used to be a player who just dribbled and shot at goal, but what I saw there was that the tactical game can really help your performance.

“So now I am a better player and I think in some way that is because I managed to combine the two games, Italian and Brazilian. Now I am definitely going to improve here at Chelsea.”

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