OL: Emerson belongs to him, Tuchel warns Lyon

Faced with the absence of Ben Chilwell until the end of the season, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel wants to recover his left side Emerson, on loan to Olympique Lyonnais since last summer. Discussions have been initiated with the Rhone club.

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Weakened by the departures of Karl Toko Ekambi, Islam Slimani and Tino Kadewere at the African Cup of Nations, Olympique Lyonnais is thinking of strengthening its offensive sector during this winter transfer window. The recruitment of a left side was not at all on the program. And yet, the subject could be topical after the phone call from Chelsea. Indeed, the Blues lost Ben Chilwell seriously injured in a knee until the end of the season. Manager Thomas Tuchel therefore thought of Emerson, currently on loan with the Gones.

« Discussions are underway with the staff, the board of directors and the recruitment unit. We look at the possibilities available to us, confided the technician. We have players who are injured for long periods of time, so we are looking at the market. We are looking at what is possible, but without being under pressure. It has to make sense, be it in terms of personality, position and quality. I’m not going to hide from you that we have a problem with Ben Chilwell’s long injury on our left side. He will be missing the rest of the season. »

“He’s still a Chelsea player”

« We know and appreciate Emerson, as a player and as a person., argued Thomas Tuchel. Even though he didn’t have a lot of playing time last season, he was a big influence because he’s a fantastic guy and a great professional. He’s still a Chelsea player. But it’s not just what I want, we have to assess the situation. We are looking at what is possible for this position. And Emerson is one of the options. “If Olympique Lyonnais refuses for the Italian international, Chelsea would be interested in Frenchman Lucas Digne, dismissed by Rafael Benitez at Everton.

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