Nainggolan explains failed Chelsea move

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has revealed the reason he decided to stay with the Serie A club, despite reported interest from Premier League club Chelsea.

The 28-year-old Belgian offered some clarity regarding his proposed move to Stamford Bridge during the recent transfer window – citing his happiness in Rome as his primary reason to stay.

"I've been happy here since the start and I decided to stay here, because I think we can do well in this city and with this team. I am convinced we can achieve something wonderful," he told Roma TV.

"I'm happy in Rome and have everything I need to be relaxed, so that's the important thing.

"I am feeling stronger all the time, despite only doing half of pre-season training due to Euro 2016. I am not seeking excuses, though. I think I was on form until the Champions League play-offs with Porto, then had a dip, but I'm trying to find it again."

Luciano Spalletti's side are in fourth-position on the latest league standings and face Inter Milan in their next tie on Sunday with Nainggolan praising the attacking prowess of opposition strikers, Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic.

"In order to win you need to avoid conceding goals and lately we've let in a few too many," he added.

"We will therefore aim to stop the Inter strikers, especially as the attack is their greatest strength. Icardi has proved in recent years that he is a top level striker and now it's up to us to stop him.

"Icardi is their most dangerous marksman, but I would also take away Ivan Perisic, if I had the chance.

"This season Inter are doing well in Serie A and it will be an important match for our campaign, because we are only one point behind the Nerazzurri and getting ahead of them would send a strong signal."

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