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Chelsea suffer transfer blow as top defensive target turns Antonio Conte down

AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli has insisted that he’s happy at the San Siro and has no intention of leaving amid interest from Chelsea.

The 21-year-old has been an ever-present in the Rossoneri starting line-up since joining the club from Roma last summer, establishing himself as a key figure for the club while also recently breaking into the Italy national team.

Considered one of the top defensive prospects in Europe as well as impressing many with his progress thus far, Romagnoli is seen as a key figure for Milan who have a young nucleus of Italian players playing decisive roles in their success so far this season.

However, the Italian giants have come under pressure through interest from around Europe in their top players, with The Sun noting that Antonio Conte is keen to take Romagnoli to Stamford Bridge but will have to splash out £50m in order to prise him away from Milan.

However, it doesn’t sound as though the centre-half is interested is leaving his current employers, as he addressed the issue after Saturday’s win over league leaders Juventus.

“I am happy at Milan and in Italy, so I hope to remain here,” he told Mediaset Premium, as reported by FourFourTwo.

That will be a huge boost for Vincenzo Montella who has shown that he isn’t afraid to make the talented youngsters at the club the core of his side moving forward.

It appears to be going well so far this season as the Rossoneri moved to within two points of Juve with their victory at the weekend, and provided that they continue to secure positive results and make progress, then there is little reason as to why they would break the current team up.

As for Chelsea, Antonio Conte signed both Marcos Alonso and David Luiz on transfer deadline day this past summer, but given that speculation continues to link them with defensive players, it suggests that the Italian tactician still isn’t entirely content with his defensive options.

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