Chelsea defender, Zappacosta joins Roma on loan


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Chelsea defender, Davide Zappacosta, has completed a move to Italia side, AS Roma on a season-long loan deal.

Roma will not pay any loan fee but will finance his Chelsea wages of around £2.3m per season, according to SkySports.

“Returning to my country is very emotional. I missed Italy a lot and I’m happy to return here with Roma,” Zappacosta told upon his arrival in Rome on Tuesday night.

“I feel at home here because I live close-by [Sora, 71 miles away]. I know the sporting director [Gianluca Petrachi], I know how much passion he puts into his work and I know how passionate the fan-base is. The team is very young and I think we can do well.”

The right-back has not featured for Chelsea this season under new head coach Frank Lampard and is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

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He moved to Chelsea from Torino in 2017 under the management of Antonio Conte and went on to feature 35 times during his debut season in England.

He was part of the squad that won the FA Cup in May 2018.

Zappacosta made only four Premier League appearances last season under Maurizio Sarri, with the majority of his performances coming in Chelsea’s successful run to the Europa League title.

Joining Roma, he will provide competition to club captain Alessandro Florenzi and replace former Newcastle full-back Davide Santon, who is poised to join La Liga side Mallorca.

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