Zappacosta off to Roma as Chelsea trusts youth

Ross Houston
August 24, 2019

Zappacosta joined Chelsea from Torino on a four-year deal for Sh2.9 billion (£23m) in 2017.

Yesterday we brought you an update on the future of Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta and a potential return to Serie A. But, the Italian global hasn't been able to establish himself as a regular at Stamford Bridge, with current captain Cesar Azpilicueta always ahead of him in the pecking order.

Ryan Fredericks is now the first-choice right-back for the Hammers this season so naturally, the manager did not particularly need the services of Reece James.

The full-back is out of favour at Stamford Bridge, making just one start in the Premier League last season.

The 27-year-old Italy global arrived in Rome on Tuesday to complete the deal.

Zappacosta leaving also will enable the club to meet Premier League andf Champions League quota for the number of foreign players a club can have.

The 27-year-old Italian had courted interest from AS Roma before along with the Giallorossi's local rivals Lazio.

The fact that Roma appointed Gianluca Petrachi as their new sporting director this summer is expected to have played a role in their push to sign Zappacosta from Chelsea.

However, opportunities last term proved scarce under Maurizio Sarri and he has yet to appear under Frank Lampard, who also has Reece James to compete with Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back when he returns to full fitness following an ankle injury.

Does this leave Chelsea short at right-back?

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