Nainggolan: Hazard and Courtois want me at Chelsea

Date published: Thursday 9th June 2016 9:50

Radja Nainggolan says Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard are both “trying to convince” him to join Chelsea.

Roma midfielder Nainggolan is a reported priority target of incoming Blues manager Antonio Conte, who faced him while manager of Juventus.

The Belgian admitted that he would consider a move to Stamford Bridge if ever the option became apparent, and the 28-year-old says that compatriots Hazard and Courtois are both attempting to persuade him to join them in the Premier League.

Nainggolan also confirmed that he had held discussions with Conte, saying: “We’ve talked. He already wanted me at Juve, but I told him that I would never go there.”

Speaking to Belgian media, he added: “Now he’s trying to convince me to go to Chelsea and we’ve had a chat about it. He’s an interesting person. We’ll see [if I stay at Roma]. I don’t know.

“[Thibaut] Courtois and [Eden] Hazard are trying to convince me to go to London with them.

“I know they’re a big club, but I’m not going to get obsessed thinking about it. It’s been ten years that I’ve been linked with a new club each year and yet I’ve only played for three clubs.

“We’ll just have to see what happens. Certainly Conte’s a good coach – you could see that at Juve, where he won, and also at Siena.

“He’s told me what he expects of me and what type of a player I could be for him. It’s important to know that a coach wants you so much. I’m not a player who scores 20 goals a season and provides 20 assists, but he appreciates the silent work that I do.”

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