AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli was flattered by Chelsea’s interest in him but insisted that he is happy at the Italian club.

The Blues have made a massive bid of over €35 million for the central defender last month but AC Milan have rejected the offer to keep hold of their star.

Chelsea manager Conte then opted to sign David Luiz from Paris saint Germain on deadline day to overcome their central defense problems.

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

The 21-year old defender also feels that AC Milan are just behind Juventus and feels they need to work together to get success.

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

“The new coach, Vincenzo Montella, always tells us to control the ball, so it’s up to us in defence to start the move and I have to say I don’t mind that.

“I am proud to have been called up to the national team, but it’s just a starting point for me. Having these many Milan players on international duty means we are doing well, so we just hope to get better results than in previous years.”

Antonio Conte still remains keen on the defender as he is one of the highly sought young central defenders in entire Europe and could very well try to sign him again next summer.


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