Italy boss admits he wanted player to leave Chelsea

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Italy boss Roberto Mancini has revealed he wanted Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri to leave the club during the summer transfer window.

The Italy international is still with the club and is unlikely to see much game time, with Ben Chilwell now first choice.

With Euros coming up next summer, Mancini wanted Emerson to leave Chelsea in search of regular playing time.

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“I was hoping Emerson could go to a team where he can play continuously,” Mancini said at a news conference.

“We have always had a bit of difficulty – there are now fewer Italians compared to the past – but we have still put together an excellent team.”

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