Chivu not keen on Premiership

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By Nadia Carminati
Roma defender Cristian Chivu insists he will happily resist the overtures of Premiership duo Chelsea and Manchester United to stay at Stadio Olimpico.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich claimed over the weekend that he is determined to bring the centre half to Stamford Bridge, no matter the cost.

The Russian tycoon also intimated Premiership champions United would rival The Blues for Chivu's services.

Italian league leaders Roma have rebuffed any interest in Chivu and are adamant they will not offload the Romanian international at any price.

Chivu is fully aware of the interest from The Premiership but admits his desire is to remain in the Eternal City.

"Between Chelsea and Manchester United, I choose Roma," Chivu told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Here, I have everything that I need to win."

The stylish stopper only joined the Roman club from Ajax after a protracted transfer saga earlier this season.

The 23-year-old is relishing the greater competitive edge of playing in Serie A but is thankful to Ajax for providing him with the platform for success.

"I have discovered a really big Roma," he added. "It is the strongest team in which I've ever played.

"At Ajax, there were many young and talented players and probably the Dutch league is the best place to grow.

"But, at the end of the day, in Holland there isn't great competition whilst here in Italy, in addition to the fact there are no easy matches, you can face many teams who are part of European nobility."