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Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta has sealed a loan move away from Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season. The Italian international signed a one-year contract extension to his current deal at the club and moved to Roma on loan until the end of January.
Zappacosta didn’t feature for the Blues since pre-season and was Lampard’s third choice, with reports claiming that the Blues boss will prefer youngster Reece James as his second choice.
Before sealing a return to Italian side Roma, Zappacosta revealed that he was feeling emotional about a return to his homeland.
The right-back told Sky in Italy (h/t Sky Sports):
“Returning to my country is very emotional. I missed Italy a lot, and I’m happy to return here with Roma.
“I feel at home here because I live close-by [Sora, 71 miles away]. I know the sporting director [Gianluca Petrachi], I know how much passion he puts into his work and I know how passionate the fan base is. The team is very young and I think we can do well.”
Upon signing up for Roma on loan, Zappacosta said: “I am pleased to join Roma, after an experience overseas that helped me progress as both a player and a person.
“Being able to play for a great club like this is a huge motivation. I cannot wait to start training.”