Friday October 5 2018
Nainggolan: Belgium, Roma, Barca…

Radja Nainggolan says leaving Roma ‘didn’t depend’ on him, his Belgium retirement is final and that Inter can beat Barcelona in the Champions League.

Nainggolan’s move to Inter was a bolt from the blue, given he had always expressed his loyalty to Roma, while the midfielder abandoned Belgium after he was overlooked for the World Cup in Russia.

However, he helped the Nerazzurri take maximum points from their opening two Champions League games, scoring in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over PSV.

“Physically I’m feeling better, but I’m not at my peak yet,” he told Tuttosport.

“I’m trying to give a bit more experience to this team. The national team? I’m completely away from them, but I think I made the right decision.

“I can’t always keep waiting for them and I have a clear head. It was difficult for me to leave Roma, but things in football don’t always depend on the players.

“Roma showed Barca could be beaten last season, so Inter can go to Spain with peace of mind because for qualifying, it’ll be enough to beat PSV and do something special in London.”