Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has insisted that he’s happy at the club despite ongoing interest from Chelsea this summer.
According to The Express, the Giallorossi have now rejected a £25m bid for the combative midfielder, with Chelsea potentially now being forced to consider their options elsewhere.
Nevertheless, it’s no secret that the Belgian international is a priority for Antonio Conte, who will likely continue to press and test the resolve of Roma in the coming weeks.
While it looks as though he could be left disappointed, Nainggolan has now responded to talk of the bid and although he left the door slightly ajar to a move to Stamford Bridge, it’s evident that he isn’t desperate for a change of scenery this summer.
“I’ve always stated what I want,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’m happy at Roma and that is where I see myself. On the other hand, an offer from Chelsea is a big deal and you have to take into consideration. I’ve said what I want, now let’s see what the club have to say.”
As with many clubs around Europe, Roma will be wary of the Financial Fair Play regulations, as they have been forced into situations in recent years where they have had to sell star names to balance their books.
The likes of Erik Lamela and Marquinhos have previously been sacrificed, and it remains to be seen whether or not they could be forced into a similar position again this summer.
If so, then perhaps they will continue to wait for Chelsea to make their best offer, but if they are financially sound and don’t need to sell, then it would be no surprise if Nainggolan remains and is possibly even handed a new deal to secure his long-term future at the club.