Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri has hinted he could return to Italy amid reported links with Serie A champions Juventus.

The 25-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge from Roma in 2018 after being signed by Antonio Conte to compete with Marcos Alonso for a spot in the first team.

Emerson featured prominently under Maurizio Sarri when the Italian coach arrived and helped Chelsea win the Europa League, but has played just 15 times for the Blues since Frank Lampard took over as coach.

It has been heavily speculated that Sarri is keen on reuniting with Emerson in Turin, potentially as part of a swap deal involving Alex Sandro.

While the Brazilian-born defender insists he is in “no rush” to leave Chelsea, he admits a future move back to Italy “could happen”.

Emerson has left the door open for a return to the Serie A  Photo: Getty Images

“I was very happy in Serie A, including with the culture, which is also why I chose to play for Italy,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“A return to Serie A could happen, but I have a contract with Chelsea and I’m in no rush to go anywhere.

“It has been a wonderful experience at Chelsea, as first there was Conte, so obviously it was easier to deal with an Italian coach.

“As for Sarri, I’ve no words for what a marvellous year we had, as we finished third in the Premier League, reached the Carabao Cup Final and won the Europa League. We can’t complain!”

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