Roma chief ‘categorically’ rules out sale of Chelsea target

Date published: Thursday 7th April 2016 4:22

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Roma president James Pallotta says reports linking Miralem Pjanic with a move to Chelsea are ‘hurting’ the Italian club.

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is understood to have made Pjanic one of his top targets for the summer, with reports on Wednesday suggesting the Blues have offered the midfielder a three-year contract.

However, Pallotta has rubbished such speculation, and insists the 26-year-old is happy at the Stadio Olympico.

“There’s a lot of paper talk about players leaving, like Pjanic,” he said.

“I rule that out categorically, he doesn’t want to leave and we won’t sell him. Even just talking about it hurts the team, I’m tired of these rumours.”

Pallotta’s worry is unlikely to end there, however, with the Blues also linked with fellow a Roma duo, midfielder Radja Nainggolan and defender Kostas Manolas, as Conte plots a squad overhaul at Stamford Bridge.

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