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Chelsea signing Emerson Palmieri: I joined to learn from Conte

Emerson Palmieri is delighted with his move to Chelsea.

The former Roma fullback signed for the Blues yesterday and is delighted to be reunited with former teammate Antonio Rudiger.

He told chelseafc.com: "Toni and I played for a couple of years together at Roma and they were great years. All I can say about him is that he is an extraordinary guy and a great player, and he has already shown that here at Chelsea, so I could not be happier to be back alongside him.

"I had already spoken with him twice last week and today as well. When I arrived here in London, he was the first person I sent a message to say that I was in the house."

Palmieri admits he expects to improve under manager Antonio Conte.

"I learned so much in Italy. Before I went there I used to be a player who just dribbled and shot at goal but what I saw there was that the tactical game can really help your performance. So now I am a better player and I think in some way that is because I managed to combine the two games, Italian and Brazilian.

"Now I am definitely going to improve here at Chelsea under Antonio Conte. He is someone who has already shown that he is a great coach and everyone who plays with him improves, so I am coming to Chelsea with this perspective, that I am going to be playing with one of the best coaches in the world and I am going to get better."

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