Emerson Palmieri reacts to life at Chelsea

The Italy defender has been one of the top performers in the opening weeks of the season for the Blues and they are keen to tie him down

Chelsea have begun talks over a new contract for left-back Emerson Palmieri following an impressive start to the season.

The 25-year-old’s current deal expires in June 2022, and Goal can confirm that the Blues are keen to tie Emerson down to fresh terms ahead of the January transfer window.

Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri explored the potential of signing the Italy international for Juventus over the summer, and Chelsea are keen to warn off any more potential suitors.

Frank Lampard has preferred Emerson to Marcos Alonso in his opening five matches in charge at Stamford Bridge, and despite his side showing some defensive frailties, Emerson has been widely praised for his performances.

“I think it’s the best period of my career,” Emerson said in an interview following Italy’s win over Armenia on Thursday, a game in which he registered an assist.

“I’m very happy at Chelsea, just as I was last season, but obviously a player is always happier when he plays regularly.”

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