Nainggolan: I don’t regret snubbing Chelsea and Man Utd.
Inter and Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan has revealed that he has no misgivings about snubbing offers from Chelsea and Manchester United in the past, and has no regrets over deciding to stay in Serie A after leaving Roma earlier in the summer.
The 30-year-old made the €38 million (£33m/$42.4m) move to San Siro in June, and has reiterated his happiness in remaining to stay in Italy rather than agreeing to a move to the Premier League.
Nainggolan admitted that though he was offered a substantial pay rise at Chelsea when they came knocking in 2017, he ultimately decided to stay at Roma.
“I have had plenty of chances to leave,” he said to ESPN FC. “I am the kind of person who above all needs to live well and be at a club which plays to win, or where I am happy with my life.
“There are lots of components — lots to evaluate. I stayed in Italy, with Roma, because I wanted to end in the best way possible There was Manchester too. There were many things that I was not interested in at all. Of course, you are flattered by the interest, but this is how it is.
“In Italy, you live really well — I like the culture and way of life here. Chelsea offered me more money and they are a big club, yes.”
He made no secret of the pace and expectation of the Premier League, however, conceding that English football was at a different speed to the rest of Europe: “I think if you want a spectacle, you need to watch English football.
“In terms of the fans, the stadiums were full, the pitches being perfect — and it seems like the action is in fast-forward.