AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan reveals why he refused Premier League offers
Posted: 1 March 2018 Time: 11:00
AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan revealed why he rejected numerous chances of plying his trade in the English Premier League.
Chelsea and Manchester United have strongly been linked with moves for the Belgium international over recent seasons but the tireless midfielder has a simple explanation about why he's refused to leave the Italian Serie A.
Having never played outside of Italy, the 29-year-old says he wouldn't be able to uproot his family or immerse himself in a foreign territory at this stage of his career.
"I could have gone to Chelsea and many other clubs, but starting something new when you are 28 or 29 years old, in a new culture, another lifestyle... that's not for me," he told Voetbal Magazine.
"I prefer to stay where I feel good. If money were my only motivation, I would have changed clubs many times and my salary would have grown, but my first priority is to live well.
"You need to live well and be happy playing where you are and I have both of those things here. Everything is perfect; my family is happy in Rome."
Since joining I Giallorossi from Cagliari in 2014 for £13.5m (R220m), the combative midfielder has scored 29 goals and registered 23 assists in 189 games.