Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has admitted being flattered by previous Chelsea links but he feels his performance this season has not justified such a move.

The 28-year-old scored 14 goals in the Premier League last season. However, his tally has dipped to eight goals from 28 league appearances this season.

Speaking to the Sky Sports about the past interest from Chelsea, Wilson said: “Of course it is flattering, they are great clubs, massive clubs in the league.

“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.”

He has also opened up about his desire to play in European competitions, saying: “Any player would like to play in the Champions League and progress, that’s what I’ve based my whole career on.”

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But he recognises the his recent lack of goals would hinder a move to a big club.

“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 would likely be in the market for a back-up striker in the summer with Olivier Giroud’s contract running out this summer and the uncertainty surrounding Michy Batshuayi’s future at Stamford Bridge.

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