The blues left-back Emerson Palmieri has been linked with a move away from Chelsea this January after struggling to cement his place as first choice left-back under Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

It has been suggested Chelsea will sign a new left-back in January with the club allowing Emerson to leave.

The agent of Emerson has provided an update on the future of left-back. According to Fernando Garcia, Emerson will remain at Chelsea as there is no on either side (Chelsea and Emerson) to split during the January transfer window.

“At this moment Chelsea have no intention of depriving themselves of Emerson. He is happy in London and so now he won’t change teams,” he told reporters in Italy.

Time will tell if the situation changes heading into the summer, but provided that both Emerson and Marcos Alonso stay at Stamford Bridge, that would suggest that Chelsea won’t be targeting a left-back as a priority this month.

Emerson’s spell in west London has been stop-start, but perhaps he’ll be hoping that if he can impress in the coming months and make the left-back position his own, then he could still have a long-term future in England under Lampard.

If that isn’t the case, a lack of playing time could force him to consider an exit, with a return to Italy being touted as the natural option for the former Roma ace.