Report: Chelsea defender has told Tuchel that it’s time to leave the club

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According to reports, Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri has told Blues boss Thomas Tuchel that he is open to leaving Chelsea this summer in order to secure more playing time.

The Italy international joined Chelsea in 2018 but has found regular play time scarce under various managers.

Emerson was brought on as a late substitute in Chelsea’s first Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace on Saturday, but the Euro 2020 winner has said that his time at the Bridge may just be up.

The 27-year-old has been a loyal player for the club despite his lack of game time, and he has now revealed that the prospect of joining Napoli is still a possibility before the end of the window. But for Emerson, all that matters at this stage of his career is regular games.

“I know it’s not easy, but I’m hungry to play. I want to play, I know I can be on the field, I’ve already tasted it. So, I will do everything to be on the pitch,” Emerson recently said in an interview with ESPN Brasil.

“Of course I still have two more years on my contract with Chelsea, who are a big club.

“I’ve already proved that I can play here, but at the same time I want to be on the field. I want to play, I want to feel important, like I already felt.

“I want to have the same feeling I felt when I scored the goal against Atletico Madrid, to have the same feeling when I won the Euro.

“I’m really going to choose the best option. If it’s to stay at Chelsea, if it happens to Napoli or another team.

“I still have another 25 days, practically, to think about, to be able to choose the best place, right. Where they really want me, want me happy, And where I’m going to choose.

“Because I’m 27 years old today so I’m at an age where I believe I’m at the top of my maturing age, as a player, like everything else.

“So after everything now that I’ve been through, having won the Euro, having participated in the Champions League, I want to play, I want to feel important and that’s what I’m going to look for this month.”

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