Inter Milan Star Reveals He Turned Down Manchester United And Rules Out Future Move
Dominant Inter Milan midfielder Radja Nainggolan has revealed to ESPN he turned down Manchester United and Chelsea whilst at Roma to remain in the Serie A. The Belgian midfielder who moved from Roma to Inter this summer for £34m, is one of the most talented midfielders in the division and would have been a great addition for any Premier League side.
He told ESPN FC:
"I have had plenty of chances to leave. 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.
"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.
"But I'm interested in waking up in the morning in a place where I feel good and, at the age of 29, winning back all the respect I'd worked 12 years to earn in Italy was not for me.
"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.
"I've come to a club who are looking to build something big, so I think I'm in the right place."
Nainggolan revealed he loves watching the English game and feels he could have performed well in the division but felt he was ‘perfectly happy’ in Italy:
"I think if you want a spectacle, you need to watch English football. In terms of the fans, the stadiums being full, the pitches being perfect -- and it seems like the action is in fast-forward.
"The rhythm is so high, but it's not as tactical as it is in Italy. If you were to ask me which league I'd like to play in, maybe I'd say England for the spectacle, but I've been here for so long now that I'm perfectly happy here and I don't need to change anything."