Thursday September 8 2016
Romagnoli: 'Glad Milan rejected Chelsea'

Alessio Romagnoli is “happy to have remained” at Milan after big money offers from Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.

It was reported the Premier League club was ready to bid €50m for the Italy Under-21 international defender.

“The fact there was an offer was pleasing, but I am even more gratified by the fact Milan said no,” Romagnoli told reporters at a sponsorship event.

“This pushes me on to grow even more and improve myself. I am happy to have remained. President Silvio Berlusconi made a big investment for me and that’s enormously pleasing.

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

“The new Coach 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.”

Romagnoli was originally called up by Giampiero Ventura for the senior Italy squad, but was recalled for a decisive Under-21 qualifier.

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

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