“At one point, it was a question of where I wanted to play. I talked to Conte on the phone, he’s known me from when he took me to Chelsea: that was an advantage for me.
“In addition, Inter play in the Champions League. They’re a great club.
“Lazio, for their part, tried absolutely everything, even coming to London to try something, but the deal was blocked.
“I also talked on the phone to Lyon’s President, who expressed an interest in me, but I told him that my priority was going to Inter.”