EMERSON PALMIERI will reportedly snub the advances of Inter Milan to stay at Chelsea this summer.
The Italian international defender, 24, is finally getting regular action at Stamford Bridge after spending the majority of his first 18 months as Marcos Alonso’s deputy.
That led to a number of Serie A clubs placing the left-back on their wanted list, including Inter.
Speculation has been mounting the ex-Roma ace wanted a move back to his homeland.
And his former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti, now in charge of Inter, was believed to be leading the race for his signature.
However Goal claims Emerson is happy to stay at Chelsea.
And they claim he has not instructed his agent to find an escape route out of West London due to his intention to cement a spot in Maurizio Sarri’s starting XI.
Emerson, who played in last night’s 2-2 draw with Burnley, spoke before that match about adapting to life in England.
He said: “It is true that in these last few months I have played a lot more, but I already felt I am a player who is well adapted to English football.
“There is a lot more intensity to the game here, both going forward and certainly in the defensive phase so, without having learned to be more intense as a player, you could not play in my role here in England. I feel I’m well adapted to that.
“Here, at times, the tactics are left behind, and it becomes about intensity and strength so, if you are that kind of player, it’s easier to adapt yourself to the game here.”
Emerson has started 24 times for Chelsea this campaign and appeared a further five times from the bench.
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He and his team-mates are looking to secure a place in next season’s Champions League by either securing a top-four finish or lifting the Europa League.
Chelsea go to Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League before travelling to Germany to take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa semi-final first-leg next Thursday.
They will have home advantage for the return game on May 9, where they hope to seal a place in the final in Baku against either Arsenal or Valencia.