AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli has admitted that Premier League giants Chelsea made an offer to sign him this summer, but stated that he is happy to stay at the San Siro.

Antonio Conte admitted that he wanted to sign a new centre-half for the West London club and a host of high-profile names were mentioned as targets for the Blues boss.

It is believed that Milan rejected at least one offer from the Premier League side for Romagnoli, who is adjudged to be one of the brightest prospects in Italian football.

Chelsea ended up resigning David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day instead, with their pursuit of the Milan centre-half seemingly now dead in the water.

Romagnoli has admitted that the fact that the Premier League side wanted him was a complement but that he is pleased to have stay in Serie A.

“The fact Chelsea came in for me is pleasing, but I’m glad I have stayed here,” he told Sport Mediaset.

“This pushes me on to grow even more and improve myself. I am happy to stay here. President Silvio Berlusconi made a big investment in me and that’s enormous.

“Milan are behind Juventus now, but I don’t think we are missing anything in particular. We just need to work together and grow as a unit.”

An Italy under-21 international, Milan splashed out to bring Romagnoli to the San Siro from domestic rivals Roma 12 months ago.

The defender will be a key player in the Rossoneri getting back to anywhere near their best in 2016-17.


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