Radja Nainggolan has confirmed he held talks with English clubs before choosing to remain at Roma.
The Belgium international was heavily linked with Chelsea in the summer but opted to remain at the Stadio Olimpico, signing a deal until 2020.
“Were I close to moving to the Premier League? There was contact,” the 28-year-old told Sky Sport Italy. “But then I quickly decided to remain.”
Chelsea failed to sign Nainggolan this summer after making three bids for him – the highest thought to be £33million.
Chelsea turned their attention to N’Golo Kante at Leicester after missing out on Nainggolan and landed the France midfielder for £32million.
Nainggolan has previously revealed that Blues manager Antonio Conte attempted to lure him Stamford Bridge over the summer, as well as during his time at Juventus.
The 28-year-old said: “He already wanted me when he was the Juve manager, but I’d already said I would never leave Roma for Juve. Now he tries to get me to Chelsea.