German defender Niklas Sule says a move to England 'wasn't right' after completing a deal to join Bayern Munich.
Chelsea had been linked with the 21-year-old but he opted to sign for the Bundesliga champions earlier this week.
"I had good talks with the bosses at Bayern and Hoffenheim," Sule told German outlet Sky Deutschland.
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"Ultimately, I opted for Bayern as it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"I believe I'll fit in well and can learn a lot from the other central defenders there.
“A move to England wasn't yet right.”
Chelsea have rejected an offer around £10million for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Antonio Conte is a fan of Adama Traore
The Bosnian has made just four appearances this season having been unable to displace Thibaut Courtois as Chelsea's number one.
But The Telegraph say a deal for the 29-year-old could still be possible this month.
Although Antonio Conte is said to be reluctant to let Begovic leave with third choice keeper Eduardo yet to make an appearance this term.
Asmir Begovic is a target for Bournemouth
Adama Traore has been told to concentrate on performing well for Middlesbrough amid links to Chelsea by his manager Aitor Karanka.
"If a team like Chelsea is following Adama, it's because his progression has been brilliant in six months and he's doing well,” he said.
"But he's young and the main thing he has to do is to keep going in the same way because football changes a lot.
"Maybe he is in a big moment, but with Patrick here now, with other players already, maybe in two or three months, he will not be playing and Chelsea disappears and everybody disappears."