Friday October 4 2019
Nainggolan: Good enough for Inter

Radja Nainggolan believes he was good enough for Antonio Conte’s Inter after questioning their ‘illogical’ decision to force him out. 

Inter looked to have landed their man in the summer of 2018, when they sacrificed Italy wonderkid Nicolo Zaniolo and parted with €24m to sign Nainggolan from Roma.

Conte also tried to snap up the midfielder when he was at Chelsea, but he was not included in the Coach’s plans for the Nerazzurri and has since returned to Cagliari on loan.

“I took Inter into the Champions League with a decisive goal, but the credit belongs to everyone,” the 31-year-old told La Repubblica.

“I’m glad they’re really strong this year, I wish them all the best. I wouldn’t mind if they won the Scudetto this season, but there’s a bit of sour grapes on my part.

“I think I could’ve stayed in that team. The club had made a decision about me. Conte asked the club for new players. If you want to get something, you also have to give.

“It’s strange to say two years ago that you can’t do without this player and then, two years later, you don’t consider them anymore: it doesn’t seem logical.

“I heard from Lukaku over the summer. He told me he was going to Milan, he asked me to wait for him: ‘Come on, we’ll be together this season.’

“Then the opposite happened.”

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