Roma chief gives verdict on Chelsea’s Nainggolan approach

Date published: Monday 6th June 2016 12:42

Radja Nainggolan: No Chelsea move

Roma chief James Pallotta has said that Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan “is going nowhere” this summer.

Belgium midfielder Nainggolan has been heavily linked with the Blues and he recently confirmed that Roma had been approached by Chelsea over a move for the player.

“There has been contact between Chelsea and Roma,” admitted Nainggolan over the weekend.

The 28-year-old claimed that incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was keen on bringing him to Chelsea from Serie A, but Roma president Pallotta has poured cold water on any prospective move.

“I keep on telling you that Nainggolan is going nowhere,” Pallotta told reporters in Rome.

“(Miralem) Pjanic is staying too, but if somebody is willing to pay his release clause – and we can’t do anything about this – then that’s not our problem. He’s got a contract with us, but he also has this clause in it.”

Pjanic, 26, has also been linked with an exit out of the Rome club with  Juventus and Barcelona believed to be interested, but Pallotta admitted Pjanic could leave if his release clause is met.



Boston-based Pallotta also admitted he will hold talks over the future of veteran Francesco Totti, 39, whose contract is set to expire.

“I never changed my mind on Totti. I had a conversation with Francesco six months ago and I spoke to him the last time I was here and I have always said that we would talk at the end of the year and decide then what to do — whether he would continue playing or move into a director’s role within the club.

“If you look closely at it, you’ll see I’ve not said anything for three months. I think he got a bit concerned about it once, but we always said we would talk at the end of the season. Now that moment has arrived and we’ll sit down and talk about it. I don’t know when that will be. I’ve not seen him yet – he’s on holiday,” added Pallotta.

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