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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.”