Davide Zappacosta hints he could seek Chelsea exit in January

Italy international Davide Zappacosta has admitted that he could pursue a fresh challenge away from Stamford Bridge during the New Year. The versatile full-back had attracted plenty of interest from Inter Milan during the summer transfer window but ultimately, a move failed to materialise after they pursued Sime Vrsaljko from Atletico Madrid instead.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Zappacosta admitted that he is content with Chelsea for the moment but he could be tempted to return to Italy, should he fail to make a mark under Maurizio Sarri, he said: “Could I return to Italy? Yes, Inter had been after me. 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 team. After that, it’s clear that if I didn’t find much room, I don’t think any player would like that.”

Zappacosta joined the Blues from Torino before the summer transfer deadline last year and he was expected to compete for the right wing-back role alongside Victor Moses. However, things did not pave the way as planned with Moses continuing to maintain his consistency and ultimately, the Italian had to settle for just 12 starts through the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

With the new season, Zappacosta appears to no longer possess competition from Moses, who is considered as an attacker under Maurizio Sarri but his challenge has still got tougher with the experienced Cesar Azpilicueta slotting into the right-back position. The Spaniard has the standing captain for the Blues during the first three games of the campaign and based on this, Zappacosta should have a tough road ahead to secure regular playing time with the Blues.