Vito Doria Date:25th September 2021 at 11:45am
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Olympique Lyon left-back Emerson Palmieri has said that he does not understand why he was not able to complete a transfer from Chelsea to Napoli in the summer.

After winning Euro 2020 with Italy, the former Roma defender was expected to return to Serie A and join the Partenopei but the deal fell through.

Despite that, the Italo-Brazilian is happy with his move to Lyon and the Brazilian contingent have made him feel welcome at the French club.

“After the Euros, I wanted to play with continuity, it was important to me,” Emerson told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“At Chelsea, I had little opportunities and [Italy coach Roberto] Mancini said to me that at my level, I must always been on the ground.

“I spoke to [Napoli coach Luciano] Spalletti and have my agreement to Napoli. I don’t know why it wasn’t done.

“Lyon presented to me a great project and in two or three days, I made my decision. I believe that I have made another fair choice.

“This is a young and united group, and the Brazilians Lucas Paqueta, Bruno Guimaraes, Thiago Mendes, and Henrique have helped me to fit in quickly.”