“I could’ve gone to Chelsea,” star midfielder reveals why he rejected the Blues

AS Roma midfieder Radja Nainggolan has time and against been linked with a move to the Premier League. Chelsea and Manchester United were said to be the favourites to clinch the Belgian’s signature. However, all the rumours were laid to rest when he signed a new deal with Roma last summer.

The 29-year-old’s form has, however, deserted him in recent times leading to new speculations that the midfielder might be headed to China in the coming season. However, quashing all those rumours, Nainggolan has stated that he wants to finish his career at Roma – a club that is close to his heart.

 “I could’ve gone to Chelsea and other clubs (last year), but I would have had to start over. At 28 or 29, I don’t want that. I prefer to stay where I feel happy,” the Belgian international told to Sport/Foot, recalling the murmurs surrounding his future last summer.

Money doesn’t seem to be a motivation for the Serie A star as Nainggolan states that he would rather focus on the ‘quality of life’ rather than go around chasing the moolah.  


“Winning a title in 10 years at AS Roma would be more beautiful, in my eyes, than winning a title every year with Juventus. The titles, the career… What’s most important is when you look back, you have the feeling of having had a good life and always given it your all,” the former Cagilari star stated.

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With the likes of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Cote reportedly eager to work with him, most players would be flattered by the attention. Radja, however, doesn’t feel the same.

 “To start all over again, and to once again win respect, it’s not really in my thoughts. I could’ve won more elsewhere than here, but for me, it’s not a good enough argument to leave,” he concluded.

With Roma struggling this season to raise a challenge for the title and with a chance to miss out on the Champions League (they are currently in fifth), the midfielder’s future will undoubtedly be again be the subject of much speculation in the days to come.

However, by the look of things, Nainggolan has his priorities sorted out and playing in the Premier League or chasing the riches in the Chinese Super League doesn’t seem to be high on his list.

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