- Chelsea were targeting the player in the January transfer window
- Forward failed to seal move to Blues as he stayed with current club
- 31-year-old has said that he stayed in Italy as it’s his “home”
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Roma and Bosnia forward Edin Dzeko has revealed his reasoning for rejecting a January switch to Premier League Chelsea in the January transfer window.
This is according to the Daily Mail, who are reporting that the former Man City ace ignored interest from the Blues in January and that the forward turned down the chance to move from Italy due to him wanting to stay in the city where his son was born, with the Metro stating that Blues boss Antonio Conte had Dzeko down as one of his main targets last month.
The news outlet are also stating that, as re-reported from Bosnia website Klix, the Roma star said “I really enjoyed the interest of Chelsea, a club I respect and appreciate. In the last few weeks, so many stories have been told about my departure from Rome, and I am still here today. Finally, I’m happy to stay in Rome, because it became my home and an incredible part of my life”
Dzeko then also added “I felt the joy of fatherhood for the first time here when my little girl Una was born, and my son Dani was born here too. Roma is part of my life now, and it always will be.”
Since moving to Italy from former Premier League champions Man City in the summer of 2015, the Bosnian international has been in fine form for the Italian side.
In 119 appearances for I Giallorossi, the former Wolfsburg forward has managed to contribute a total of 62 goals and 25 assists, a very good record.
During his time in England with Man City, Dzeko proved to be a fantastic purchase, with the player managing to bag a total of 72 goals and 39 assists in 189 appearances as he helped Pep Guardiola’s side win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup.
Last season, Dzeko found himself in the form of his life, as the Bosnia international hit an impressive 29 goals in 37 appearances, with the player also managing to clock up 12 assists as well, meaning that he directly contributed to more than a goal a game for the Italian giants.
Dzeko’s supreme height and finishing ability has seen some suggest that he is one of the best target men, and forwards in general, in the whole of Italy.
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Following these words from Dzeko, it seems as if Chelsea were wasting their trying to snatch the more-than-happy forward from his life in Italy.