Radja Nainggolan responds to Chelsea transfer reports

The Roma midfielder isn't interested in a move to Chelsea in the summer

Francesco Totti and Radja Nainggolan Photo: Radja Nainggolan

Radja Nainggolan has reiterated his desire to remain at Roma beyond the summer transfer window.

The Belgium international was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea last summer after Antonio Conte took over the reins at Stamford Bridge from Guus Hiddink.

However, Nainggolan didn’t complete a switch to the Premier League as the former Juventus boss signed five players to overhaul his Chelsea squad and win the Premier League title in his first season.

The versatile midfielder has been linked with a switch to the Premier League champions again this summer as Conte prepares for a return to the Champions League next term.

But Nainggolan has emphatically ruled out a move to the English capital, confirming that he turned down the chance to join Chelsea last summer.

“I want to stay in Rome, I rejected the chance to join Chelsea last year. I want to stay,” Nainggolan told Centro Suono Sport.

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare this season and finished seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the Blues lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

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