Radja Nainggolan explains why he turned down Chelsea FC move
AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan explains why a move to Chelsea FC wasn't appealing
Radja Nainggolan has lifted the lid on his decision to reject Chelsea FC and remain at AS Roma.
The Belgium international has been regularly linked with a move to the defending Premier League champions over the past few seasons.
However, Chelsea FC have been unable to secure the versatile midfielder’s signging despite Antonio Conte reportedly being a big admirer.
And Nainggolan admitted that he was interested in swapping Rome for London at such a late stage in his career.
“I could have gone to Chelsea and many other clubs, but starting something new when you are 28, 29, in a new culture, another lifestyle, that’s not for me,” Nainggolan told Sport Voetbal Magazine.
“I prefer to stay where I feel good. If money were my only motivation, I would have changed clubs many times and my salary would have grown, but my first priority is to live well.
“You need to live well and be happy playing where you are and I have both of those things here. Everything is perfect: my family is happy in Rome.
“There are lots of good restaurants and it’s a good place to go shopping. When friends or family come to visit, you can send them almost anywhere.
“I’m liked at the club and the supporters are behind me. I’ve given a lot on the field and I get a lot of respect for that.
“As a footballer, that’s one of the best things you can get. I are up in Antwerp, but I became a man in Italy. As things stand, I can see myself living in Rome in later life.”
Chelsea FC have dropped down to fifth place in the Premier League table following a disappointing start to 2018.
The Blues were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to dent their hopes of finishing in the top four this season.
Chelsea FC won the Premier League title with two games to spare last weekend after the Blues finished seven points clear of runners up Tottenham Hotspur.
The west London side signed Ross Barkley, Emerson Palmieri and Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window but they are sure to be linked with plenty of other players as the summer window draws ever nearer.