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​Lyon left-back Emerson: Mancini told me to leave Chelsea

Lyon left back Emerson admits he was told by Italy coach Roberto Mancini to leave Chelsea.

The full back struggled for regular game time at the Stamford Bridge club, but finally got his move away this summer.

Emerson was told by Mancini to find a new club after an impressive display at Euro 2020, when he replaced Leonardo Spinazzola for the semi-final and final, following the latter's injury in the quarter-final.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Emerson said: "I decided to leave Chelsea as I had no space. Roberto Mancini told me: you need to play, you've to be a starter.

"OL proposed an interesting project and I accepted in two or three days. I'm really happy with my choice."


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