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Radja Nainggolan rejected Antonio Conte’s approach

The Roma midfielder was the subject of a number of bids from Chelsea over the close season.

Antonio Conte’s side tried three proposals with the biggest thought to be worth £33m.

However, the Belgian decided to stay with Roma and penned a new four-year contract.

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Radja Nainggolan signed a new contract with Roma


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He’s insisted he had the chance to move but had no hesitation in rejecting the Blues’ offer.

He told Sky Italia: “Was I close to moving to the Premier League? There was contact.

“But then I quickly decided to remain.

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Antonio Conte tried to persuade the midfielder to come to England

“He [Conte] already wanted me when he was the Juve manager, but I’d already said I would never leave Roma for Juve. Now he tries to get me to Chelsea.

“I know Chelsea are a big club, but I have to take several things into account. It’s not easy to leave Italy behind after 12 years. I won’t leave for a small difference.

“Conte told me what he expects from me and what type of player I can be for him. I’ll never be a player who’ll score 20 goals or give 20 assists.

“I’m not the one who’ll be in the picture all the time, but I can be important for a team. A manager who appreciates that is important for me.”

Source: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/572301/Radja-Nainggolan-Chelsea-transfer-news