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Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella: Why I rejected concrete Chelsea offer

Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella admits he was close to joining Chelsea in January.

The Italy international was with Cagliari at the time and would eventually sign for Inter over the summer.

"Chelsea wanted to recruit me in January, the negotiations were concrete," the midfielder tells Gazzetta dello Sport.

"At Cagliari I said: 'It is no easy period for the team, I will stay here for the season.

"'Then I will make a decision'."

Barella admits he's enjoying playing for former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at Inter.

He added, "Do you see how Conte's team is running? It is not just because they are well prepared. It's the result of what he puts into your head."

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