Loaned to Olympique Lyonnais until the end of the season, Emerson has sworn loyalty to the club of Jean-Michel Aulas and the Italian international is not one to betray his word.
Last summer, Juninho, then sports director of Olympique Lyonnais, struck a blow by getting Chelsea leaders to authorize the loan of Emerson, who had just won the Euro with Italy. The Brazilian had also negotiated a clause which at the time of the talks didn’t really seem important, namely that Thomas Tuchel’s club would let Emerson go without a return clause no matter what happened during the season. And the London club bitterly regretted it, because finally Ben Chilwell, holder of his post, was seriously injured. Chelsea have therefore contacted Jean-Michel Aulas to discuss a possible early return Emerson. But despite several proposals, and even the promise of a large English check, the president of OL refused everything and the 27-year-old player therefore remained in Lyon to finish the season with Peter Bosz’s team.
Emerson gave Juninho his word, he keeps it
— Emerson Palmieri (@emersonpalmieri) February 13, 2022
Asked by the Olympique Lyonnais media, Emerson agreed to discuss the last transfer window, and the rumors that circulated about his possible comeback at Stamford Bridge. And the native of Santos was blunt, he never thought of leaving Lyon at this moment of the season. » I didn’t return to Chelsea, because I promised Juninho that I would stay for a season. I am a man of my word. I like being in Lyon, I want to be here. For next season, it’s hard to say, because it depends on the clubs, but I’m happy here “Said the one who has a contract with Chelsea until 2024 and will have to follow the orders of the English leaders next summer. However, it is not really certain that OL will want to transfer him definitively next summer, Emerson having irrelevant salary demands in Ligue 1.