Mattia Destro flattered by Premier League transfer rumours

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Italian international forward Mattia Destro has admitted that he’s flattered to be linked with clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal after his impressive start to the season.

Speaking to Tuttosport in Italy but carried by Le 10 Sport in France and in the UK, the Roma forward said he was pleased to be mentioned as a possible transfer target for Arsenal while Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reportedly also has scouts monitoring his development in the Italian capital.

He said: “Arsenal for me? The rumours are good, I’m happy with them. This is the proof that I’m doing my work well. There are so many things that I can improve on. I must never stop and continue to learn new things.

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“The coach encourages me a lot, he is teaching me some things, and I try to show my skills on the pitch, as well as the confidence he has in me.”

Roma coach Rudi Garcia challenged the forward last season to improve his character, which led to speculation that the Italy forward could leave the club over the summer. Chelsea and Arsenal were touted as likely destinations for the promising international, who was excluded from Antonio Conte’ most recent squad.

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That never materialised though, and Destro currently leads second-placed Roma in scoring with four goals in five Serie A starts so far this season. He has come off the substitutes bench five times as well.

The 23-year-old is clearly playing some of his best football at the moment, but as long as he remains outside the starting eleven in Rome on a consistent basis, the transfer rumours will continue to link him to the Premier League.

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