Premier League striker happy to be linked with Chelsea

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Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson was in good form last season and ended up scoring 14 league goals last term.

The 28-year-old was strongly linked with Chelsea at some point last season, but a deal never materialised.

His goals have however dried up this season and Wilson has managed to score 8 goals in 28 appearances.

When asked about the interest from Chelsea and United, Wilson admitted he was flattered to be linked with top clubs.

He told Sky Sports: “Of course it is flattering, they are great clubs, massive clubs in the league.

“There were links and talks but I’m not one to read papers or listen to too much news. But you hear it from people – from friends, from family – and it only encourages me to do well really.

“Last season, my performances were quite consistent and when there were links, I tried to stay at a certain level and play well.

“Any player would like to play in the Champions League and progress, that’s what I’ve based my whole career on.”

Wilson gave an honest assessment of his current form, as he admits that he shouldn’t be thinking of a move to a big club or an international call-up.

He added: “First and foremost is obviously keeping Bournemouth up and safe and I haven’t been good enough this season to even be talking about things like that.

“I put it to the back of my mind and tried to focus on myself.

“To be honest, I have the ability and I believe in myself to be able to play for these clubs and the national team.

“I haven’t been consistent enough with good performances this season but I have no doubt that when the season gets going again, or if it’s next season, I’ll pick up.”

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