Nainggolan beaming over new Roma deal

Radja Nainggolan says he is happy to have signed a new long-term contract with Roma that will see him remain with the Serie A side for the next four years.

The 29-year-old Belgian midfielder, who was linked with a big-money move away during the off-season, joined Roma from Cagliari in 2014 and has gone on to play 161 games for the club, scoring 27 goals.

Speaking to the club's official website, Nainggolan expressed his delight at the new contract.

"I think I showed that this was something I always wanted." he said. "I’m happy. Last year we had a few chats about this renewal, but once we really began talking properly we were able to agree on things quickly – and I’m happy about that.

"I’m good, I’m happy where I am: I am 29 years old and doing a three-year stint somewhere else was really not something I was contemplating. So I’m happy, especially because of the agreement we have found together and that we can now go forward together."

Nainggolan added that the Roma side is improving every season and is looking forward to helping the Giallorossi continue their upward rise, after last season's second-place finish. 

“I think that the two games so far this year have demonstrated that we are good team and we are already working well. We need to be confident and begin the championship hoping and aiming for the best.”

Roma president James Pallotta, meanwhile, was also pleased with the news: "We're delighted Radja has committed his long-term future – and the most important years of his career – to the club.

"Last season, he was arguably one of the best midfielders in the world and it's no surprise that he was linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

"But there was never any question of him going elsewhere – he loves Roma and we love having him here."