Dries Mertens admits he held talks with Chelsea before signing a new Napoli deal.
The Belgian star was in fine form this season, catching the eye of Blues boss Antonio Conte in the process.
Mertens scored an incredible 28 Serie A goals from 28 starts in his first campaign as Napoli’s main striker.
And Chelsea were keen to complete a deal for the ex-PSV Eindhoven ace after storming to the Premier League title.
But Mertens instead opted to pen a new three-year contract, with Napoli also retaining the services of fellow key man Lorenzo Insigne.
However, Mertens insists the insertion of a buyout clause does not mean he intends on departing soon.
The 30-year-old told Sky Sports: “Yes there was interest [from Chelsea], and from other clubs also, but in my head there was never an intention to change clubs.
“This season was really good. I am going to try and be even better next year.
“Yes there is a buyout clause. But I’m happy at Napoli and I want to stay. I really like Italy. I am good there and they treat me good.”