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Roma striker Edin Dzeko appeared close to joining Chelsea during the January transfer window but the deal collapsed after Dzeko failed to agree personal terms with Chelsea.

Chelsea subsequently signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal.

Speaking about his failed move to Chelsea for the first time, Dzeko told Bosnian outlet Klix via Metro UK: “It’s true that negotiations were being conducted, and that’s all I can say on the subject.

“There was a lot of speculation, as well as false and even funny claims. I was really flattered by the interest from Chelsea, a club I really respect and admire.

“In the past few weeks a lot of stories have circulated about me leaving Roma and yet I’m still here. In the end I’m happy to stay at Roma, because Rome has become my home and an indelible part of my life.”

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