Monday February 19 2018
Dzeko: 'January was difficult...'

Edin Dzeko admits Chelsea speculation in January was “very complicated for me, but it’s in the past and I want to give everything for Roma.”

The Bosnia international was in negotiations for a transfer to Stamford Bridge during the mid-season window, though eventually only Emerson Palmieri made the move.

“It was not easy for me. A very complicated 10 days and you could tell from my performances on the pitch too,” confessed Dzeko to the AS Roma Match Program.

“I don’t want to think about it anymore. It’s in the past now, I want to look ahead and give everything for Roma. As I said at the end of January, Roma is my home and Roma are my family. That says it all.

“I’ve scored fewer goals than last season, but the team is what matters the most. If I score a goal and we lose, such as against Atalanta, it means nothing. When we win, then I am happy, although obviously I also love to score goals.”

It is probably no coincidence that since the January transfer window closed and took the speculation with it, Roma have rediscovered their form.

Coach Eusebio Di Francesco also used that time to adopt a new 4-2-3-1 formation.

“That really helped a lot, plus in the last three games Cengiz Under has scored four goals and that too made the difference. We have to improve in every area going forward.

“With the 4-2-3-1, Radja Nainggolan is closer to me and we have two midfielders behind us. We’re getting results, so evidently something has changed. I can’t say we were playing badly with the 4-3-3, but there was a wobbly period and that required some changes.

“It’s crucial now that we don’t rest on our laurels, as three wins in a row are not enough. It’s tight up there in a race for the top four and the others can’t lose all the time. I hope the next three months will be fantastic.”

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