The Belgian midfielder reveals why he never joined Conte’s Chelsea.
The Blues made a number of bids back in 2017 but the midfielder decided to stay in Italy.
Then manager Antonio Conte was infuriated with the Blues for not making a significant offer to Nainggolan and eventually left the club in the next summer.
He joined Inter Milan where he finally signed the midfielder and Nainggolan reveals why Chelsea’s offer was not enough to convince him to move to England.
‘If I was thinking about money, I would have had a very different career, but I never cared about money. I could have gone to Juventus after Cagliari and also after Roma, just as I could have gone to Chelsea,’ said Nainggolan.
“I said I would never go to Juve, but not because I hate the Juventus team, as someone wrote on social media, but simply because I like to win against the strongest.
‘In those years the strongest team was Juve and I wanted to play against them. That was my challenge. Going to Juve, playing five games and winning everything was not winning for me.’
‘Antonio Conte was coach of the Blues at the time and wanted to bring me to England. However, they were shocked when they heard what I was earning in Rome,’ Nainggolan added.
‘They ended up offering €750,000 more, but I didn’t want to move to England for that amount. That’s why that transfer eventually fell through.’
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