Roma striker and Bosnia and Herzegovina international Edin Dzeko has revealed why his proposed and widely speculated move to Chelsea in the January transfer window fell through.

The 32-year-old scored 16 goals for Roma in the Serie A this season in another productive campaign for him up front, and there were indications in January that he was set for a move to Stamford Bridge in a deal that included Brazilian full-back Emerson Palmieri.

However, the Bosnian has revealed that he was advised against a return to the Premier League by those he sought advice from.

In an interview with Face TV, Edin Dzeko outlined the reasons for not favoring a return to the Premier League with Chelsea:

“Chelsea is a big challenge and I know what kind of a club that is, I’ve been at Man City and I wasn’t ready to move to Chelsea.

“Nobody I spoke to wanted me to move to Chelsea so I decided to stay.

“It has been tough period, a lot of stories and information, true and false, were written, everything went through my head, I wasn’t clear or certain of anything at the time.”

Dzeko added: “Now I will play two games for Bosnia and then we’ll see [where will I play].

“I have another two years of contract, so Roma has to be asked about it too.”