“I played very little during my last year at Chelsea” – Serie A star speaks out about struggling time at Stamford Bridge

Struggling for playing time at Chelsea ever since chairman Roman Abramovich gave up on Italian head coaches, Davide Zappacosta’s long-term future has always seemed far away from the West London.

A loan to the Serie A giants Roma seemed like the best place during the 2019-20 term, but an early serious injury to his knee cut that campaign short.

A return to Stamford Bridge was arranged, but it was quickly clear now-former manager Frank Lampard still had no space for the player, so another Italian side Genoa came knocking and another temporary move was organised.

The now 28-year-old full-back has finally been able to put some minutes under his belt this campaign, with hope, perhaps, of a space in Roberto Mancini’s roster this summer if all goes well.

Speaking to Il Secolo XIX, he explained what went on behind the scenes at the English club this summer and why he chose Genoa of all teams.

Davide said, relayed by Il Napolista: “I played very little during my last year at Chelsea and ruptured my cruciate at Roma.

“I wanted to get back into the game and Genoa was the ideal team: an important club, with the desire to build an ambitious team and many companions animated by a desire for redemption. 

“That’s why I didn’t hesitate and immediately said yes: I straight away found myself in the mentality of a hungry group and club, driven by the desire for revenge.”

Loaned until the end of the season, Davide is expected to, once again, return to the Premier League side, but with a contract expiring in June 2022, a sale is likely around the corner.