Spalletti: Nainggolan gave me his word

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has attempted to ease supporters' concerns that they will soon be saying farewell to another star player during the transfer window.

After losing Miralem Pjanic to Juventus this week, recent rumours surrounding the future of Radja Nainggolan have caused concern amongst the Roma faithful, who would be desperate to see their club retain one of their key players.

Spalletti, who urged fans to accept the Pjanic transfer and refrain from abusing the player on his return to the Stadio Olimpico representing Juventus, played down the likelihood of Nainggolan's departure.

"Clearly we are penalised by Pjanic’s departure and the injury to Antonio Rudiger. Radja is a man of his word and he promised me he will stay," he told TMW Radio.

"I spoke to him and he seemed enthusiastic about continuing to give us his contribution next season.

"We must build on the collective and the style of football, as that allows you to beat anyone."

The loss of Pjanic is also compounded by the departure of a number of defensive players, meaning that the Roma management will also be focusing on bringing new players in.

"Right now we need to work on the defence, as for various reasons we’re losing Lucas Digne, Maicon and Rudiger," he added.

Digne's loan spell with Roma comes to an end and the player is likely to return to his parent club, Paris Saint-Germain, and Maicon's contract with the club will end by mutual consent.

The future of Antonio Rudiger, who has been linked with a number of clubs in recent weeks, is uncertain at this point although it appears as if the Roma management have accepted that the player will move on.

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