Antonio Conte has revealed that he wanted to sign Radja Nainggolan this summer but failed to do so. The London club though managed to sign defender Anthony Rudiger from Roma this summer.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke to the media ahead of their Champions League clash on Wednesday and there he said that Chelsea made a bid for Nainggolan but couldn’t land their man as Roma refused to sell him.
The Blues boss has a huge respect for the Roma midfielder and he has admitted that he is one of his huge admirers and was desperate to bring him at the Stamford Bridge.
“In the past, yes, we tried to buy him,” Conte said. Radja Nainggolan has been linked with a move to Chelsea for a long time now in several windows, but the Italian club haven’t been interested at all.
Nainggolan in action for AS Roma
“But now Nainggolan is Roma’s player and I have great respect for him and for Roma, and also for my players.”
Conte continued his praise for the Belgian and said that he thinks Nainggolan is one of the best midfielders in the world.
Conte spoke about his fond of Nainggolan
The Belgian international joined Roma in 2013 and since has been an integral part of the Roma side. He was exquisite last season and scored 11 goals in the Serie A. Apart from that his midfield display in both league and Champions League attracted many top European clubs but instead of those opportunities, Nainggolan signed a new deal with Roma.
Even this summer he was speculated to join Manchester United until Matic’s arrival and Chelsea could only manage to sign Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City on deadline day.
Upon signing a new contract with Roma, the 29 capped Belgian expressed his ecstasy.
“I think I have demonstrated that this is what I always wanted,” Nainggolan said.
“So I’m very happy, especially that the club and I can continue our adventure and move forward together.”
He has scored 6 goals for Belgium
Even Roma President also expressed his delight after the midfielder penned a deal.
Chelsea though, will be eyeing to shrug off their recent shortcomings and win against the visiting Roma on Wednesday.