I cancelled my move to Chelsea because of the good life in Rome – Nainggolan
AS Roma midfielder, Radja Nainggolan who was on course to join Chelsea last summer has cancelled that he canceled the deal because he is fond of life in Rome.
He has been courted by the Blues for a long time and it was beginning to look like the 29-year old will become a Chelsea player last season before he changed his mind.
The Belgium International has since then decided to sign a new deal with Roma which is expected to run till 2021, he admits that even though he fancied playing in the Premier League when he was younger, he opted for Roma again because he is happy there.
“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,” he told Belgium’s Sports 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 grew up in Antwerp, but I became a man in Italy. As things stand, I can see myself living in Rome in later life.”