Davide Zappacosta has joined Roma on loan from Chelsea, it has been announced.
The Italian right-back will spend the first half of the 2019-20 campaign with Roma, who do not have an option to buy the player at the end of the loan, but do have the chance to extend his loan until the end of the season.
Chelsea have also confirmed that he has signed a contract extension at Stamford Bridge, meaning they have tied him down until 2022.
Zappacosta, who was born in Sora, a town in the Frosinone province of the Lazio region around 100km from Rome, told Roma’s official website: “I am pleased to join Roma, after an experience overseas that helped me progress as both a player and a person.
“Being able to play for a great club like this is a huge motivation – I cannot wait to start training alongside my new teammates.”
The 27-year-old has spent the past two years at Chelsea, mainly serving as a back-up for Cesar Azpilicueta. Before that, he was signed and sold by Gianluca Petrachi at Torino, while he also has 13 caps for Italy, the most recent coming in 2018.
Although he only made four Premier League appearances last season, he was a regular in Chelsea’s Europa League lineups, with the club going all the way to lift the trophy. Roma, of course, will compete in the same competition this year, after their sixth-placed finish in Serie A last season.
Zappacosta will wear the number two shirt, which has been vacated by Rick Karsdorp following the Dutchman’s return to Feyenoord, also on a loan.