Sport Chelsea talks 'pleased' Dzeko but Roma striker has no regrets

15:37  13 march  2018
15:37  13 march  2018 Source:

Dzeko was "really pleased" with Chelsea interest

  Dzeko was Roma striker Edin Dzeko has admitted that he was “really pleased” that Chelsea made such efforts to sign him in the January transfer window. Speaking to the Italian media, as quoted by the Daily Mail, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international opened up on his plans for the future and insisted that he is more than happy with life at Roma. “I am happy in Rome, with life in Rome and I don’t like to look back at media rumours.” However, Dzeko did indeed admit that the level of interest from Chelsea was pleasing, with the Blues narrowly missing out on a deal for the ex-Manchester City striker. “They are sometimes true, sometimes just pumping for clicks. There was an offer, negotiations and I was really pleased that Chelsea wanted me. That is all I want to say about that, while I am enjoying in Rome.” Dzeko has been in good form for Roma this season and is a hugely important player for the Serie A side. The club did not want to part company with the player during the mid-season transfer window and as a result of his contract demands, Chelsea walked away from the deal. The Blues instead pursued Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as their alternative to Dzeko, but the Frenchman is yet to find the net for the club since his move.

The Bosnia international was the subject of an offer and negotiations with the Blues, but is re-focused on Serie A and Champions League commitments.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season at Old Trafford this season and was rewarded with a maiden call-up into the McTominay, who was born in Lancaster so is also eligible to play for England, played a key role in United's recent matches against Sevilla, Chelsea and Liverpool.

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Edin Dzeko was flattered by Chelsea's January interest but maintains he remains happy at Roma.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina striker was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window and, while Emerson Palmieri did make the move from the Stadio Olimpico to west London, Antonio Conte was forced to fill his striking vacancy with a deadline-day swoop for Arsenal's Olivier Giroud.

Dzeko's form seemingly tailed off in the aftermath of the saga but he landed a punishing blow against Napoli's Serie A title ambitions with a brace in Roma's impressive 4-2 win at the start of this month.

Dzeko hails 'patient' Roma after narrow last-16 win

  Dzeko hails 'patient' Roma after narrow last-16 win Roma needed just the one goal to see off Shakhtar Donetsk on away goals, Edin Dzeko decisively striking early in the second half.A 1-0 win, after a 2-1 defeat in Kharkiv, took Roma through on away goals as Dzeko scored seven minutes into the second half with the game's first chance of note.

"We have spoken with both players and agreed to hold contract talks in April and then we’ll see," he told reporters. "It's true, Franck has played superbly this Saturday, Arjen too. Both scored great goals.

"For example, Willian Jose has had two great seasons at Real Sociedad and is really developing as a player. He has great movement as an athlete and a good overall game. Bayern plan contract talks with Robben and Ribery.

The 31-year-old was suspended for the 3-0 win over Torino last time out but is primed for action as Eusebio Di Francesco's side welcome Shakhtar Donetsk in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, aiming to overturn a first-leg deficit.

"I am happy in Rome, with life in Rome and I don't like to look back at media rumours," the former Manchester City and Wolfsburg man told SportCentar in his homeland.

"They are sometimes true, sometimes just pumping for clicks. There was an offer, negotiations and I was really pleased that Chelsea wanted me.

"That is all I want to say about that, while I am enjoying in Rome."

Dzeko's double against Napoli also netted him a piece of history as reached the 50-goal mark in Serie A.

Having already done likewise in the Bundesliga and the Premier League, he is the first player to have brought up the landmark in three of Europe's big five leagues.

"I am proud to be first player to score 50-plus goals in three major leagues, I didn't even know no one managed that before me," he added.

"Each league is specific and I've done it in Germany, England and Italy."

Chelsea and Arsenal to battle for Kalidou Koulibaly .
Napoli’s star centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly appears set to complete a greatly-anticipated move to the Premier League in the summer, with Chelsea and Arsenal both keen on bringing him to London, according to the Mirror. The Blues have been tracking the 26-year-old for some time and were reported to have failed with a £52.5m bid last summer before settling on a move for Antonio Rudiger. However, Chelsea are likely to offload David Luiz in the summer and they will need to replace the Brazilian with Koulibaly at the top of their shortlist. Barcelona were also linked with the defender in the summer and the Mirror also note that Manchester United could also be tempted into a move for the athletic centre-back with ex-Genk chief scout Roland Janssen, now working at United, being the man who unearthed Koulibaly and brought him to the Belgium club earlier in his career. Valued in excess of £60m, Koulibaly is expected to be subject to a number of bids this summer as the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal hope to get him signed to their books before the World Cup where his price could potentially inflate.


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