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Roma star Radja Nainggolan reveals why he rejected Chelsea switch in 2016

Belgian midfielder had the chance to test himself in the Premier League - but is happy with his decision

ROMA ace Radja Nainggolan has revealed why he snubbed a move to Chelsea in 2016.

The Belgian midfielder, 29, was chased by the Blues ahead of their title-winning season.

Radja Nainggolan is getting ready to take on Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final

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Radja Nainggolan is getting ready to take on Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final

But he had two good reasons to say no – not wanting to start a new life… and the weather.

Nainggolan told The Times: “It wasn’t done, but they were interested in me.


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“Last season, when they won the Premier League, it was the beginning of that season. But at the end of the day, the choice wasn’t that difficult for me.

“I like English football, I love to watch the English games too, but I’m almost 30 now. Starting over again? It’s difficult even to think about that.

Roma were outclassed in the first leg but hit two potentially vital away goals

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Roma were outclassed in the first leg but hit two potentially vital away goals

Mo Salah will have to be stopped if Roma are to have any chance of making the final

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Mo Salah will have to be stopped if Roma are to have any chance of making the final

“And I hate the rain. We were in Liverpool two days and it didn’t stop raining. It was cold, too. You see the difference to here?”

Roma were hammered 5-2 in rainy Liverpool and face a mammoth task to overturn the deficit and make the Champions League.

And after watching former team-mate Mo Salah score twice, Nainggolan accepts his side may have too much to do.


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He added: “Mohamed Salah has to do what he has to do, which is to give his best for Liverpool.

“Obviously I would prefer to have in my team, but I wish him all the best. He was shy when he came here, but he’s a good guy. He’s an amazing player.

Nainggolan feels he made the right decision in remaining in the Italian capital

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Nainggolan feels he made the right decision in remaining in the Italian capital

“He was already good over here. Now he became even better.

“It was a great atmosphere at Anfield but Liverpool have to come to Rome now.

“I think they will expect something similar. It’s difficult for us, despite the two goals we scored, but not impossible.”