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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 July 2005, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
Trezeguet not tempted by Chelsea
David Trezeguet
Juventus striker David Trezeguet has admitted he was not tempted by the prospect of joining Chelsea.

Chelsea were keen to bring in a big-name striker before the start of the season and reportedly made a 38m bid for Trezeguet.

But the 27-year-old France forward said: "I was in the United States on holiday and did not really follow Chelsea's interest in me.

"I feel very happy with Juventus and I never thought I could leave."

The 38m fee would have been a new British transfer record but Juventus were apparently not interested in selling.

Trezeguet added: "If Chelsea were really ready to spend that amount of money then this is flattering.

With Emerson he makes the best pair of central midfielders in the world
Trezeguet on Patrick Vieira
"Chelsea have been making a lot of efforts to build up a very competitive team.

"But on the other hand I have my coach's trust, he was at the origin of my contract extension."

Trezeguet is eager to play alongside new arrival Patrick Vieira, who joined Juventus from Arsenal this summer.

He added: "With Pat's arrival the club is clearly showing their ambitions. We want to do well, whether it's in Serie A or the Champions League.

"My first reaction was surprise. We phoned each other during the holiday and I really thought he would stay with Arsenal.

"But apparently he received that offer from Juventus and probably appreciated the club's ambition.

"I am delighted about his arrival, we all know his qualities. He has been Arsenal's symbol in the past few years.

"He will surely bring us something extra and I agree with coach Fabio Capello when he says that with Emerson he makes the best pair of central midfielders in the world."




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