Thursday July 26 2018
EDF explains Nainggolan departure

Eusebio Di Francesco hints Roma’s decision to sell Radja Nainggolan to Inter was partly down to disciplinary issues.

The Belgian completed a move to the Giallorossi’s Serie A rivals this summer, despite having been a key player for the Stadio Olimpico side for four years.

And speaking after his team were beaten 4-1 by Tottenham Hostpur last night, the Roma Coach admitted there were other reasons for the 30-year-old’s departure other than financial.

“I have a good relationship with him, I’ve spoken about that,” Di Francesco explained.

“His sale was linked both to economic reasons and things that happened in the past.

“The decision to leave him out of the first match of 2018 was much debated, but if you want to move forward with the identity of a team there are also rules of etiquette.

“Sometimes, you have to make decisions that aren’t going to please people.”

Di Francesco was also asked which players he would take from the two Serie A teams that finished above his last season – Juventus and Napoli.

“Would I take CR7 from Juve? That’s too easy. I’d take Giorgio Chiellini from the Bianconeri.

“The man to take from Napoli? Koulibaly, he is the prototype of the perfect defender.”