Sunday June 3 2012
Nainggolan stands by Cagliari

Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan has been heavily linked with Juventus or the Premier League, but points out “there’s a project here and I could stay.”

The Belgian international was in negotiations with Juve in January when President Massimo Cellino slapped a €100m price-tag on him.

“Playing for Cagliari certainly gives me fewer opportunities to make myself known internationally, but I am sure I’d remain the same player at Cagliari as I would at Real Madrid,” he told Radio Manà Manà.

“At the moment I’m a Cagliari player and proud to be here. I’m happy and am ready to give my all, as always. Juventus were the most solid option, but I am relaxed about my future.

“This year I have been too inconsistent, as my performances were not up to what I or the fans expected. I will make up for it.

“I’d like to stay at Cagliari, as there is a project here and if I can help then I certainly won’t hold back. Last season we could’ve achieved something more, but some problems with the team and the stadium blocked our momentum.

“I feel Italian now, seeing as I have been here for seven years, but I am really drawn to English football. Who knows, maybe in future I could experience that too. At the moment I am focused only on Cagliari and Serie A, which remains ideal for me.”

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