Roma worked hard to keep me – Dzeko

AS Roma
Inter Milan are refusing to meet Roma's valuation of Edin Dzeko and are willing to wait until next year when he will be available on a free transfer.

Edin Dzeko says Roma were at him constantly before he decided to sign a new contract this month.

Bosnia and Herzegovina international Dzeko, who joined the Serie A outfit permanently in 2016 from Manchester City, was heavily linked with an exit this summer and a move to Inter Milan looked to be on the cards.

However, the 33-year-old, who was also a target for West Ham United, ignored the advances of potential suitors and signed a new three-year contract, keeping him at the Stadio Olimpico until 2022.

Speaking about his recent extension, Dzeko, who has scored more than 80 goals in all competitions for the Giallorossi, revealed everyone at the club hounded him into penning a new deal.

He told Roma TV: “They went to great lengths to keep me here. I want to thank them and now I need to give my all on the pitch, as always. It’s really nice to see that other people are happy that I’ve stayed here. My team-mates aren’t just team-mates: we’re friends, brothers.

“They were always on my back: ‘You’re not going anywhere – you’re staying here!’ I have a great relationship with them all.”