Another Chelsea star leaves club for good, signs for Serie A side after several seasons on loan
- Davide Zappacosta is offically now a player of Serie A club Atalanta after spending four years with Chelsea
- The Italy international spent the last two seasons on loan with Serie A sides Roma and Genoa amid injury problems
- The 29-year-old bidded farwell to fans on his social media handle as he looks to begin another chapter in his career
The Italian wing-back moved to Stamford Bridge four seasons ago under Antonio Conte but failed to make an impression.
The 29-year-old spent the last two seasons on loan with Roma and Genoa and even endured a lengthy knee injury in the process.
He made 52 appearances for the club in all competitions and won the FA Cup and Europa League during his time at Stamford Bridge
Zappacosta's return to the fold in the summer has seen the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James dominate the right-wing role as well as the emergence of Trevoh Chalobah.
Zappacosta's farewell message
The Italian said on his social media handle:
"Goodbye Chelsea, what an amazing journey! One FA Cup, one UEFA Cup, wearing this colour gives you a special emotion!
"Thank you for everything and best of luck for the future. Zap."
Following the departure of the Italian, French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayako has also been linked with a season-long loan move to AC Milan with an option of making the deal permanent.
The France international will reportedly sign a five-year deal which is set to expire in 2026 for a fee around the region of £68million.
However, the Blues will have to reach an agreement with La Liga giants Sevilla regarding his release clause.
YEN.com.gh also reported that Thomas Tuchel has been waxing lyrical about his new summer signing Romelu Lukaku after making a scoring debut in Chelsea colours, Mirror.
The Belgian striker opened his account for the season in the 14th minute in the 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates.
And the 28-year-old was a thorn in the flesh for Gunners defenders and midfielders as Lukaku's physical presence held them off on several occasions.