Davide Zappacosta has stated his intention of becoming an Italian legend at Chelsea, saying he wants to follow in his predecessors’ footsteps by winning trophies at the club.

With his debut for Antonio Conte’s side against Leicester last month, the 25-year-old became the 12th Italian to wear a Chelsea shirt.

The club have a rich history of signing Italian players and, indeed, hiring Italian managers – including current coach Conte – which has resulted in numerous trophies over the past decade. 

Zappacosta, who arrived from Torino on transfer deadline day and went on to score a stunning first goal on his full debut against Qarabag in September, is aware of the link between his new side and Italy.

And the defender has said he wants to uphold that tradition by helping the Blues win many trophies during his time at Chelsea. 

“I’ve noticed there is this long tradition [of Italian players at Chelsea],” Zappacosta said in an interview for Chelsea’s matchday programme ahead of the game with Manchester City on Saturday.

“I just hope that, like my predecessors from Italy, I can make my mark at Chelsea and win some trophies. That would be a dream come true for me.”

He added: “I am convinced I am well suited to the style of football in England, probably even more so than Italian football.

“There is more space because the intensity is higher and the game is much quicker, so I can look to exploit that.

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/davide-zappacosta-i-want-to-make-my-mark-at-chelsea-like-my-italian-predecessors-a3649366.html