Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella has revealed he held ‘concrete’ negotiations with Chelsea final January earlier than deciding to keep in Italy.
Premier League outfit Chelsea have been considered one of a lot of golf equipment who expressed curiosity in signing Barella, 22, final yr.
The Italian star had established himself as considered one of Cagliari’s key gamers and determined to keep at his boyhood membership till the tip of the season.
In the summer time, Barella joined Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan on an preliminary mortgage take care of an obligation to purchase.
Reflecting on the hypothesis linking him with a transfer to Stamford Bridge, Barella advised Gazzetta dello Sport: ‘Chelsea had been wanting to signal me in January, the negotiations have been concrete.
‘At Cagliari I mentioned: “It is not an easy time for the team, I will stay until the end of the season. Then I will make a decision”.’
Barella has made a superb begin to his profession in Milan, scoring three objectives and offering two assists in 13 appearances this season.
Discussing his relationship with former Chelsea boss Conte, the Italy worldwide added: ‘He [Conte] has a distinct perspective, a manner of speaking to you that offers you one thing new.
‘I’d die for him, that applies to all his gamers. And that makes the distinction. Do you see how Conte’s groups run?
‘It’s not solely as a result of they’re nicely ready. It is the end result of what he places in your head.
‘Years ago I wrote all my goals down. The first was to get to Serie A with Cagliari: I succeeded. Then there was also the one to wear the Inter shirt: done.’
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea return to Premier League motion on Sunday in opposition to Southampton.