Emerson Palmieri is expected back at Chelsea (Photo by Federico Maranesi /MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Emerson Palmieri says he would be ‘happy’ to return to Chelsea, though he admits he’s yet to speak to Thomas Tuchel about his future at the club.

The Italian spent last season on loan at Lyon, where he made 36 appearances and scored once.

That’s one appearance short of what Emerson managed in his three previous campaigns at Chelsea and the 27-year-old is understandably keen to continue to play first-team football.

However, after agreeing a season-long loan move to Lyon, Chelsea tried to recall Palmieri in January following a season-ending injury to Ben Chilwell.

Palmieri spent last season on loan at Lyon (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Lyon blocked that move as he had a contract until the end of the season but Palmieri now says he’d be ‘happy’ to play at Stamford Bridge next season.

‘I didn’t speak with [Tuchel] just yet,’ Emerson told Goal.

‘I have a contract with Chelsea. I played there for three seasons and I have a lot of friends there.

‘If I come back, I’ll be happy. It’s a good place and club for me. Let’s see what can happen.”

‘Lyon said ‘no’ [to a return in January] so I didn’t come back. It didn’t depend on me. Those conversations were between the clubs.

‘Lyon said ‘no’ and I respected that because when I signed there I signed for one year, not six months.

‘But now I will go back to Chelsea in the pre-season I think and let’s see what happens in the next month.’

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