Radja Nainggolan confirmed there is “contact between” Roma and Chelsea, but “it would be very difficult to leave Italy after 11 years.”
The Giallorossi midfielder spoke to Belgian magazine Nina ahead of Euro 2016.
“I am very happy at Roma. They appreciate what I do for the club, everyone likes me as a player and a person, so that is very important to me.
“I lead a good life here and there is a nice balance between my football and my family life. It would be a very difficult choice to leave Italy after 11 years.”
Antonio Conte has made Nainggolan his primary transfer target for this summer at Chelsea.
“They want to strengthen and moreover you have a Coach like Conte who has always wanted to sign me.
“There has been contact between the two clubs, but as long as there is no agreement reached, I’ll stay well out of it.
“Chelsea are a great team and it’s good to be appreciated by them.”
Nainggolan spent most of his career in Italy, first with Cagliari and then Roma.
His wife is also Italian and they met in Sardinia.