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Official: Davide Zappacosta joins AS Roma on loan from Chelsea

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He returns to his home country

Kawasaki Frontale v Chelsea - Preseason Friendly Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Throughout his two seasons at Chelsea, Davide Zappacosta has been constantly linked with a return to his home country, especially as he failed to break into the first-team under either Antonio Conte or Maurizio Sarri, seeing only sporadic minutes in his role as backup.

And that day has finally come, with the full back joining AS Roma on a season-long loan deal six month loan deal, with the option to extend for the full year, after Chelsea found no takers for him at the €25m asking price. Despite only two years left his Chelsea contract, there is no option to buy included either.

UPDATE: And for that reason, as confirmed by Chelsea, Zappacosta signed an extension through 2022 before leaving, so now he will have two years left on his deal when he finishes the Roma loan. This will ensure better resale value next summer.

Before joining the Blues, Zappacosta had found success at Torino FC in the Serie A, and he will be hoping for similar success this season. Despite his limited minutes, he was a solid professional for Chelsea, always ready when called upon and not making any undue waves when not. But now is the perfect time for him to make way for young Reece James.

Good luck back in Italy, Davide!