Sunday June 16 2013
Cellino: 'I won't sell Nainggolan'

Cagliari President Massimo Cellino says he “might sell Michael Agazzi, but not Radja Nainggolan.”

The Sardinians finished comfortably mid-table in Serie A this season and their players have become hot property on the transfer market.

“I will not sell anyone, except maybe Agazzi,” Cellino told L’Unione Sarda newspaper.

“If I sell Nainggolan and get €15m for it, I put at risk our Serie A status, which is worth a total of €45m. Is it worth it?”

Midfielder Nainggolan is at the centre of a bidding war between Inter, Roma and Tottenham Hotspur.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Agazzi has been heavily linked with a move to Fiorentina.

“This is a squad worth at least 50 points and I want to strengthen it. Yesterday I bought a strong Greek defender and other players will also come in.

“If they let us play in Sardinia, then we can compete for the Europa League places. We are not like other clubs who qualify for a tournament, then regret it and want to be eliminated as soon as possible.”

The Greek defender is thought to be Marios Ikonomou, a 20-year-old centre-back who plays for PAS Giannina.

Cagliari’s season was dominated by stadium problems and they look set to continue, as the Is Arenas has again failed to gain a security certificate, even a provisional one.

“I will continue fighting with all my strength to keep Cagliari in Sardinia, first at the Is Arenas and eventually at the Sant’Elia.”

The Is Arenas situation even saw President Cellino incarcerated for several weeks during an investigation into the construction.

“I met marvellous people behind bars. When Cagliari scored the walls felt like they were coming down, as everyone was banging pots and pans. I swore to myself I would repay those fans.”

If the Is Arenas does not pass checks, then Cagliari are likely to play their home games at the Stadio Rigamonti in Brescia.