Dzeko happy to have rejected Chelsea after Champions League heroics

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The Bosnian was Roma's star man as they downed Barcelona, but he could well have been a Blues player had he pushed through a January move

Roma forward Edin Dzeko joked that he and the club were glad to have turned down a January transfer to Chelsea as it meant he could fire the Serie A side into the Champions League semi-finals.

Former Manchester City man Dzeko delivered a complete centre-forward performance on Tuesday, scoring the opener - to add to his crucial away goal at Camp Nou - and winning the penalty for the second.

The Giallorossi are now preparing for a first European Cup semi-final since the 1983-84 season and Dzeko is delighted to be a part of it.

"It wasn't easy, but I stayed here and am very happy to be here," he said. "I think the club is glad, too. Let's not talk about [the move]. Money doesn't matter

"This was the best, but even better may well be yet to come. It proved we can play against anyone, as Barcelona are such a strong side. We put three goals past them and could have had more.

"I have never seen Barcelona struggle so much. We pressed them constantly from the first minute."

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Asked how far Roma can go, Dzeko responded: "To the final, hopefully.

"Nobody believed in us and we have reached the semi-final for the first time in the Champions League [era]. I am very happy that I can watch the draw for the semi-finals and see my Roma there."

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