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Roma star snubs £33m Chelsea move to stay in Italy

Chelsea have by all account failed in their quest to land Roma midfielder Radja Nainngolan, who is poised to stay with the Serie A giants in spite of a considerable bid from the Blues to lure him to Stamford Bridge.

According to the Express, Nainggolan has confirmed that he will return to Roma following the bitter end to Belgium’s Euro 2016 campaign in a loss to Wales. In addition, the report stated that Nainngolan will begin talks with Roma over a contract extension.

“Everything is calm with (Roma’s football director) Sabatini,” Nainggolan recently said.

“Will I stay at Roma? Yes, I’m going to remain here.”

Per the source, Chelsea bid as much as £33 million for the Belgian star last week, but are now looking into the possibility of bringing Nainngolan’s international teammate Axel Witsel into the fold instead.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is very familiar with Nainngolan, having coached against Roma on numerous occasions during his successful tenure with Juventus.

Nainggolan has made over 200 appearances and scored 20 goals for Roma since his 2009-10 move from Piacenza.

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