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Davide Zappacosta Reveals Inter Milan Interest, Hints at Chelsea Exit

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Davide Zappacosta of Chelsea in action during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Olympique Lyonnais at Stamford Bridge on August 7, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta has revealed Inter Milan tried to sign him earlier this summer, but he decided to remain at Stamford Bridge as he is currently happy in west London.

However, he added that if he continues to warm the bench under new Blues manager Maurizio Sarri, he will have to consider leaving the Premier League club, per Corriere dello Sport (h/t ESPN.co.uk): 

"I want to try to give the coach food for thought, also because my objective is to remain in the reckoning for Italy. Inter sought me in the summer, but I am happy here. If I were not to play much, though, I'd think about [leaving]. Nobody likes being on the bench."

Zappacosta, 26, joined Chelsea from Torino last summer for £23 million.

He was largely a back-up under former boss Antonio Conte, with 10 of his 22 Premier League appearances last term coming from the bench.

And in three English top-flight matches in 2018-19 under Sarri, the Italian defender has yet to make it onto the pitch. 

The former Napoli manager looks to have decided upon Cesar Azpilicueta as the starting right-back in his 3-4-3 system, hardly a surprise given the Spaniard's remarkable consistency over the past seven seasons at Stamford Bridge.

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That does not mean Zappacosta will not be afforded game time this season.

As well as the Premier League, Chelsea will be looking to compete for the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Europa League in 2018-19, and Sarri will need to use his full squad in the campaign's busy periods.

However, it is unlikely Zappacosta will be happy to only play a significant role in the cup competitions.

He was a key part of Torino's first team before making the switch to Chelsea and he will likely look to force a move in January if he is only used sparingly by Sarri in the first half of the season.

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