Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has admitted that his form has not been good enough to warrant a move to a top club.
Wilson has been linked with Chelsea during the last two transfer windows, having impressed for Bournemouth and broken into the England side.
But his form subsequently dipped and the Cherries have spent this season struggling against relegation – check out the Bet365 Mobile App for odds on the battle to stay up.
“Of course it is flattering, they are great clubs, massive clubs in the league,” Wilson told Sky Sports News when asked about being linked with the likes of Chelsea.
“There were links and talks but I’m not one to read papers or listen to too much news. But you hear it from people – from friends, from family – and it only encourages me to do well really.
“Last season, my performances were quite consistent and when there were links, I tried to stay at a certain level and play well.
“Any player would like to play in the Champions League and progress, that’s what I’ve based my whole career on.
“First and foremost is obviously keeping Bournemouth up and safe and I haven’t been good enough this season to even be talking about things like that.
“I put it to the back of my mind and tried to focus on myself.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made it clear he is keen to sign a striker when the transfer window reopens, having been unable to in January.
The Blues were initially tipped to move for Wilson but have since seemingly turned their attention to the likes of Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.