Having made only 12 top flight starts last season, his first since joining the Blues from Torino for £23million, Zappacosta's long-term future at Chelsea appears to be insecure and he has said that he is already receiving interest from his homeland.
“Could I return to Italy? Yes, Inter Milan had been after me," Zappacosta said.
“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 XI. After that, it's clear that if I didn't find much room, I don't think any player would like that."