Chelsea FC target Radja Nainggolan has insisted that he is happy at AS Roma and on the verge of putting pen-to-paper on a new contract with the club.
The Belgium international midfielder was the subject of multiple bids from the Blues over the summer, but the Serie A side maintained that he was not for sale at any price.
And it appears that Nainggolan will not be moving any time soon after confirming that he is closing in on securing his long-term future at Stadio Olimpico.
“I decided to remain. I’m happy in this team and thing (the contract renewal) will be solved,” he said.
“Both me and the club we feel good together and soon we will find the agreement for the renewal.
“I feel I am a leader for the type of football we play.”
With competition assured from the likes of Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante, Oscar, Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel at Stamford Bridge, it is likely that regular first-team opportunities in the Premier League would have been significantly limited for the 28-year-old, who is now into his third full season with I Giallorossi since arriving on a permanent deal from Cagliari in June 2014.
He has won two runners-up medals during his time in the Italian capital and will be looking to inspire his team mates to go the extra step and capture a first Scudetto since 2001 this term.
The midfielder has started all three of Roma’s matches in Serie A so far and is likely to play a prominent role in Roma’s opening UEFA Europa League group match against Czech side Viktoria Plzen on Thursday.
Since making his debut at international level in 2009, Nainggolan has won 24 caps for Belgium, scoring six goals, including a stunning strike against Wales as a member of the squad that reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 under Marc Wilmots.