Frank Lampard’s training methods ‘could force Emerson Palmieri to quit Chelsea’


Emerson Palmieri is being linked with a return back to Italy after reports he is not happy with Frank Lampard’s training methods at Chelsea

Emerson Palmieri is reportedly ready to quit Chelsea because he struggles with Frank Lampard’s regimented management style.

The Italy international has been seemingly frozen out under the new manager at Stamford Bridge this season with other left-back’s preferred.

The 25-year-old began this season in the first team but injury came at a bad time and he has since lost his place to Marcos Alonso.

Lampard is keen to strengthen in the left-back area and Chelsea have been targeting Ben Chilwell, Alex Telles and Marc Cucurella as potential additions to the squad.

Alonso may also leave the club with Inter Milan believed to be interested but it would likely be Palmieri that would be sold first.

Italian publication Tuttosport claim Juventus are looking at the former Roma man and that Chelsea are expecting an offer between €25m and €30m (£23m-£27.5m) for him.

The report also suggests that the main reason why Emerson is not happy is due to Lampard’s management style and training methods.

Tuttosport suggest Emerson does not appreciate “sergeants” such as Lampard and would prefer to feel less controlled.

The postponement of Euro 2020 by a year may have helped his cause somewhat after Italy boss Roberto Mancini urged him to move to his homeland to play.

“As for the full-backs, we knew Adam Masina, although he disappeared from the radar a bit after his move to Watford,” Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport when asked about the options available to him.

“Luca Pellegrini [the Cagliari full-back on loan from Juventus] already spent time with the senior squad and can improve.

“It would be nice if Emerson Palmieri, who hasn’t played much for Chelsea, could come and play in Italy.”

Emerson has made 52 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring one goal.

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