Emerson Palmieri believes he has joined an “absolutely sensational” club in Chelsea and that Antonio Conte is “one of the best Coaches in the world.”
Emerson completed his move from Roma to Chelsea on Tuesday, and the Italo-Brazilian feels his unique fusion of footballing cultures will help him flourish at Stamford Bridge.
“It is my first time here,” the left-back told the Blues’ official website.
“From the little I’ve seen of the city it is really pretty. People have always spoken very highly to me of London.
“As for the club, it is absolutely sensational, one of the best clubs in the world so these are really happy times for me.
“Will my knowledge of Chelsea help me? Absolutely and of course that is something that is going to help me settle in better.
“The fact there is an Italian Coach, the fact that I know some of the players, of course that is going to help.
“Rudiger? 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.
“Who’s quicker? When we get out on the pitch, we will see! My idol in Brazil? When I was little I had my heroes, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, I used to watch them play and that stirred my passion for football even more.
“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.
“Physically I feel great. The injury is now in the past, they were six difficult months for me but what is important is right now I feel good.
“I couldn’t feel better so I only have in mind the idea of training with my team and helping us to achieve more.”
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