Chelsea’s Italian defender Davide Zappacosta is looking a likely ‘out’ at Chelsea, be it before the deadline this week in Europe or in the January transfer window – with the Italian confirming interest from Serie A giant Inter Milan.
Italian news source Corriere dello Sport via the Metro are carrying quotes with the former Torino defender claiming that there has been interest from Inter Milan and that a return to Italy could be on the cards in the near future.
‘Could I return to Italy? Yes, Inter had been after me.’
‘My agent Alessandro Lucci had told me about their interest, although I’ve always remained focused on Chelsea.’
‘Could I return in January? I have three more years on my contract here and I only want to think about doing well with Chelsea.’
‘There’s a lot of competition here, but I want to win a place in the team. After that, it’s clear that if I didn’t find much room, I don’t think any player would like that.’
Since signing last summer under then manager Antonio Conte, Davide Zappacosta has featured for Chelsea 35 times in all competitions – 22 of which came in the Premier League last season. However, Zappacosta only completed 90 minutes of first team league football on five occasions.
This season under Maurizio Sarri, the 26-year old defender has yet to feature a single minute of football, and seen his place limited to sitting on the bench for all four competitive games so far this season.
Davide Zappacosta, at the age of 26, knows that his first team woes will also affect his future with the Italian national squad, and with a contract in west London until 2021 he will know that his situation will have to change sooner rather than later.
While it looks unlikely, according to his quotes, that he will force a move before August 31st to Serie A, Inter could make a bid to change the situation. However, Maurizio Sarri could be reluctant to sell now with the club not being able to bring in a replacement with still over four months until the January window opens.