West Ham's Angelo Ogbonna rules out Italy return

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon in action with West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna

The West Ham United ace has been linked with two clubs, and effectively ruled out one of them.

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon in action with West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna

Quoted by Inside Futbol, West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna has played down speculation linking him with a move to Roma.

It was reported this week that the 28-year-old, who joined West Ham from Juventus last summer, had courted interest from his former club's Serie A rivals (Gianluca Di Marzio).

However, the Italy international, who is with the Azzurri for Euro 2016 and had never played club football outside his country before this past season, says that he has retained no nostalgia for Italian football whatsoever in a claim which is sure to please West Ham supporters.

“The English league is very good," he told a press conference, via Inside Futbol.

“There the players are chosen on the basis of merit; I have no nostalgia for Serie A.”

The news will undoubtedly please fans, given how excellent the centre-back looked during his first season in England, but it was also reported by Di Marzio that Chelsea were interested.

This might be slightly more worrisome; not only because Chelsea are a bigger club than their East London counterparts, but also because Italy manager Antonio Conte will take charge of the Blues this summer following Euro 2016.

Ogbonna is a big part of what manager Slaven Bilic is trying to build with the Irons, and losing him would be a massive blow. They would be handsomely compensated, sure, but the club would rather keep the player.

Angelo Ogbonna celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

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