Edin Dzeko thinks he made the right decision to reject Chelsea in the January transfer window to stay at Serie A side Roma following their progression to the Champions League semi-finals.
The Giallorossi staged an incredible comeback to overcome a 4-1 quarter-final first-leg loss to beat Barcelona 3-0 in Rome to qualify on away goals.
Premier League side Chelsea – who were knocked out of the Champions League in the last-16 to Barca – reportedly made an offer to take the striker to Stamford Bridge in the winter and Dzeko thinks his decision to remain in Rome was justified.
“Now I can play in the semifinal too,” Dzeko told Mediaset. “I’m not interested in money. It was not easy, but I stayed here for this kind of game. I’m happy and I think the club are too.”
Dzeko opened the scoring for Roma against Barcelona on Tuesday before further goals from Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas secured a memorable night.
“You cannot imagine, I mean it was incredible, crazy – I don’t know how to describe it,” Dzeko told UEFA. “At the end, we did it when definitely nobody believed in us. Obviously, we had to believe, even before the game.
“If we wanted to try something, we knew that we were playing against one of the biggest teams and obviously the first goal helped us a lot, pushed us forward even more with our great fans behind us. We did it all together.”