Edin Dzeko has described Chelsea’s interest as “an honour” but the striker is happy to remain at Roma.
The Bosnia star was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea during the January transfer window but agreements could not be reached and Chelsea opted to sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal instead.
Despite admitting that he was flattered by the Blues’ pursuit, Dzeko insists he is content to stay with Roma, where he has played since 2015 when he moved to Serie A from Manchester City.
“It’s true that talks were held but that’s all I can say about it,” Dzeko told Bosnian site klix.ba. “There was a lot of speculation, false information and even some quite comical claims made.
“I felt honoured by Chelsea’s interest as they’re a club that I respect greatly. There have been so many stories about me leaving Roma over the past few weeks and I’m still here.
“I’m happy to remain at Roma because Rome has become my home and a very important part of my life.
“Roma is my family and I’m happy to carry on playing for this club.
There are many challenges ahead and we’ll do our best to achieve our goals. It’s going to be difficult, but we won’t give up.”