Stuck at Chelsea for a while, Davide Zappacosta managed to get his career back on track with a loan at Genoa last season.
His performances with the Serie A side were enough to help his stock in Italy, to the point where Atalanta were interested in a permanent transfer, which went through on August 24th.
The Bergamo side paid Chelsea around £8m for the 29-year-old, who signed a four year contract with his former club, having previously played there between 2011 and 2015.
He’s thrilled at the move, one he wanted from June onwards, saying as much to L’Eco di Bergamo, relayed by Fiorentina Uno.
He said: “After Genoa-Atalanta last May, I had spoken with the president and he had told me that, in case of a possibility, he would gladly take me to Bergamo. In June, I told my agent that, in the event of multiple offers, Atalanta would be my priority. I chose them for a number of factors”.
The player goes onto explain that Gasperini’s style of play ‘intrigued’ him, and that he doesn’t think Fiorentina, whom he snubbed to return to his new club, will be bitter about his decision.
Either way, by moving to Bergamo, Zappacosta put an end to a four year stay with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, for whom he only made 52 appearances, scoring two goals and assisting another four.