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Tammy Abraham in ‘no hurry’ for Prem return with Roma preferable to Chelsea bench

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Tammy Abraham has made it clear he has no intention of returning to Chelsea and is keen to stay with Roma and continue his progression as a player.

The 24-year-old inked a five-year deal with Roma last summer after becoming disillusioned with his peripheral role at Stamford Bridge. And it appears to have been the correct decision after he enjoyed a sensational first season in Italian football. The England international bagged 27 goals in all competitions, with 17 coming in Serie A.

Manager Jose Mourinho placed his trust in the Londoner, handing him 36 starts among 37 league outings. It was all a far cry from his previous campaign with the Blues.

Abraham started just 12 times in the Premier League during the 2020-2021 season, scoring six goals. He has proved his ability in the Eternal City, however, and was rewarded with an England recall.

The rangy hitman threw his lot in with Roma for five years but Chelsea inserted a buy-back clause after he completes two seasons.

The west Londoners can re-sign the forward for £67.3m next summer while Arsenal have also been linked. But, asked whether he wants to move back to the Bridge, the former Aston Villa loan man quickly set the record straight.

“No. The first day I arrived at Roma I felt at home,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “I’m in no hurry to get back to the Premier League because I can express my way of playing here. In Italy I feel happy in every respect.

“Believe me, I am not thinking of the future, but only about the present. I focus exclusively on the season that is about to begin, because I want it to be even more rewarding than the first I experienced in Italy.”

No regrets as Abraham targets more goals

Abraham enjoyed his breakthrough season with Chelsea in 2019-20 when scoring 18 goals in all competitions. But it appeared as though he would only play a bit-part when the likes of Timo Werner and then Romelu Lukaku were signed.

And he is clearly delighted with the choice made 12 months ago, suggesting he has no regrets about quitting Thomas Tuchel’s side.

“Never, not even for a second,” he added. “Choosing Roma was one of the right decisions I’ve made in my life.”

The new season is rapidly approaching and the top stars will look to hit the ground running with the World Cup in mind. Abraham will hope to be part of Gareth Southgate’s side looking for glory in Qatar.

However, he refused to be drawn on whether the Three Lions was already on his mind, preferring to keep his focus on Roma.

“I think about working and growing,” he continued. “Last season was good but the goal is to make sure that the next one is even better.

“Maybe the best ever. Of course, we want to do better than last season and get back in the top four. It has to be a goal.”

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