Chelsea ace could join Juventus because he dislikes Frank Lampard’s training methods

Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri could join Juventus this summer because he dislikes “sergeants” such as Frank Lampard being in charge.

Chelsea ace Emerson Palmieri is closing on a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer as the Blues looks to freshen up their squad in the transfer window. The Italian is being linked with Juventus and is reportedly open to a transfer because he dislikes Frank Lampard’s management style.

Emerson has had a frustrating two years at Chelsea, with injuries and inconsistent form hampering his momentum and preventing a prolonged run in the first team.

The 25-year-old began this season in Lampard’s starting XI but was sidelined for four weeks due to a hamstring issue and recently lost his spot to a resurgent Marcos Alonso.

Lampard is keen to strengthen in the left-back area and Chelsea have been targeting Ben Chilwell, Alex Telles and Marc Cucurella as potential additions to the squad.

While Alonso has been linked with a move to Inter Milan, his recent upturn in performances means it is more likely that Emerson will depart to make way for a new signing.

Juventus are keen on the Italian international, and Tuttosport claim the Serie A giants are ready to step up their pursuit.

The latest report suggests that Chelsea are expecting an offer between €25m and €30m (£23m-£27.5m) for Emerson.

It also says that there are multiple reasons why the left-back has not been a success at Chelsea, with one potentially being that he does not like Lampard’s management style and training methods.

Tuttosport suggest Emerson does not appreciate “sergeants” such as Lampard, with the 41-year-old an active touchline presence who is known to favour intense training sessions.

According to The Athletic, Lampard has overhauled Chelsea’s training regime from that which was implemented under the reigns of Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.

Both men favoured structured, regimented drills that were repeated regularly and lent themselves to a slower pace of game.

Lampard supposedly wants his players to train as they play – with high intensity – as he believes this is the only way Chelsea can hope to close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City.

However, he also stresses that sessions should be engaging, varied and enjoyable.

This reportedly had a big impact on the first-team when Lampard took over and The Athletic claim he still has the majority of the Chelsea senior squad on-board with his methods.

“Training was very regimented,” former reserve goalkeeper Rob Green told The Athletic when asked about Sarri’s approach last season.

“I remember Olivier Giroud and I sat down and figured out how many times we’d done exactly the same session.

“We worked out that, over a course of the season, there were only 18 days where we hadn’t done the same thing.

“I can understand why people in the squad who just love and want to play football were thinking, ‘What’s the point of this?’”

However, Lampard’s style may not be for everyone and the latest report from Italy suggests Emerson may welcome a reunion with Sarri and the 61-year-old’s less full-throttle regime at Juve.

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