Chelsea’s pursuit of Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan looks set to end after the Belgian international stated he has no intention of leaving the Italian capital.
The Blues have been credited with interest in the 28-year-old since the end of the season, with the Daily Mail among other sources stating that Chelsea had a third bid of £33million rejected.
Now it appears that hopes of signing the former Cagliari man – who bowed out of Euro 2016 with Belgium last week – are over.
“Everything is calm with Sabatini,” Nainggolan told Gazetta dello Sport, with reference to Roma’s director of football Walter Sabatini.
“Will I stay at Roma? Yes, I’m going to remain here.”
Roma boss Luciano Spalletti spoke about the player’s future during Euro 2016, giving Roma fans hope their star would stay at the Stadio Olimpico.
“I think he stays with us. He is a man of his word and promised,” said Spalletti.
“He seemed enthusiastic about continuing to give us his contribution next season.”
This comes after Nainggolan had refused to rule out a move to Stamford Bridge in an interview last month, even teasing that he may want to link up with Conte.
“We’ve talked. He (Conte) already wanted me at Juve, but I told him that I would never go there,” said Nainggolan.
“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. I don’t know.
“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.”