Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan believes Chelsea manager Antonio Conte may still be angry with him after the Belgium international rejected a move to Stamford Bridge last summer.
The 29-year-old was a target for the Blues last year and has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this window, and Nainggolan has revealed he has not heard from former Italy manager Conte since he turned down the proposed transfer.
“I haven’t heard from Conte this year. I think he’s probably still a little angry with me about last year… At least I think he is, I don’t know,” Nainggolan told Italia 1 show Tiki Taka, as quoted by Football-Italia.
“As I’ve said before, I get very fond of places and if you earn a certain respect, it’s because you’ve given them something. I am happy in Rome, I like playing where I do now and changing club often is not my style. I showed love.”
Roma finished runners-up in Serie A to Juventus and Nainggolan says his side should be happy with their performance this season.
He added: “It wasn’t a bad campaign, as to get 87 points and end up second only to a Juventus side that is in the Champions League Final and eliminated Barcelona, that’s something to be satisfied with.
“We could’ve done more in the cup competitions and there were incidents that went against us in the Europa League.
“I believe a team that wants to win must keep the solid foundations and build on them. The club has shown that it is relying on a strong squad. Kevin Strootman returned from his injury and I am happy for him, because he’s a strong player.”