Chelsea ace Emerson Palmieri believes if he works hard he can get back into Frank Lampard’s team.
Emerson is the third-choice left-back for the Blues with Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso ahead of the Italian in Lampard’s pecking order.
He has not played a single minute in the Premier League so far this season having 13 top flight games last campaign.
There was plenty of speculation over his future during the summer though Emerson has so far remained at Stamford Bridge and was picked for the Italy national team.
And he believes that hard work could see him force his way back into Lampard’s plans.
Of his fortunes with the national team, Emerson said: “When I arrive here I change my head. I feel important and part of the group.
“At Chelsea, things are not going as I wish in this part of the season. I just have to work.
“When you play for the national team, you always have to be ready.
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“We are due to play three games in 10 days, when I knew I had to play I was happy but it came as no surprise.
“When I play with this shirt I have to give my best.”
Italy boss Roberto Mancini has been left disappointed by Emerson staying at Chelsea.
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Juventus were believed to be keen to bring in Emerson on deadline day and his former club Roma were also interested in a move.
Former Manchester City boss Mancini said: "I was hoping Emerson could go to a team where he can play continuously.
"We have always had a bit of difficulty – there are now fewer Italians compared to the past – but we have still put together an excellent team."
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