Belgian magazine Sport/Foot have an article in their magazine this week about Radja Nainggolan. The AS Roma midfielder has seen his international prospects damaged since Roberto Martinez took over as manager, and there’s doubt whether it can all be sorted out ahead of the World Cup.
Martinez and those in charge of Belgian football are clearly unhappy with some aspects of Nainggolan’s behaviour, because if it was based on football alone then the player would be important for his country.
For the second summer in a row Nainggolan found himself strongly linked with a move to Chelsea. The stories had perhaps been stronger during the Italian manager’s first summer at Stamford Bridge, with claims even being made of an agreed deal.
As Sport Witness learned at the time, that was complete nonsense, with English tabloids trying to out guess each other and then appear to have got the scoop first.
Nainggolan wasn’t overly interested in a move to Chelsea, despite what Sport/Foot describe as an ‘incredible offer’ to the player financially.
With a wonderful way of life in Rome, and family close by him, Nainggolan simply didn’t want to change everything to move to London. For the midfielder and those around him it was a simple equation: Roma > London.
Sport/Foot say the London paparazzi were also a concern, with the magazine pointing out the ‘unscrupulous methods of the paparazzi are much more sensationalist than in the eternal city’.