Cagliari new boy Radja Nainggolan has admitted that he is out to ‘prove Inter were wrong’ about letting him leave.
Nainggolan completed a season-long loan back to Cagliari on Monday, and the midfielder believes the Rossoblu can ‘dare to dream’ in their centenary year.
“I want to thank the President because he was immediately clear with me and he did something almost impossible,” he began.
“He convinced me, I know what this club are about and that we‘ll have to fight: I’m ready. I had other offers, but it wasn’t hard to choose.
“I already had in mind about coming back when I left five years ago, but I didn’t think it’d come so soon. Sometimes situations arise that make your decision easier.
“A desire to write an important page in the club’s history and events outside of football facilitated my choice. I’m only on loan, but if President decides to buy me...
“I’ve made my life and I always think I’ve done well. The rest isn’t for me to say. I remember my road here well. I had an excellent rapport with the group and there are some good players here.
“I’ll make myself available to the team. I talked to [Coach Rolando] Maran on the phone and he has clear ideas, you’ll see.
“I’m fired up and I accepted Inter’s decision: it’s up to me to prove that they were wrong. I came here because I think we can aim high: survival is the priority, but with this team we can dare to dream.”
The Belgian was then asked about Nicolo Barella, who succeeded him at both Sardegna Arena and San Siro.
“I knew of him when he was a young lad, but you could see that he had potential. I tried to get him used to the Inter way of life and gave him the advice that I received as a young player.”
Finally, the 31-year-old revealed his squad number for the forthcoming campaign.
“I’ve asked for No 4.”
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