Main reason ex-Belgium international rejected Chelsea move in 2017

Radja Nainggolan has revealed he did not join Chelsea because the English giants were shocked at the wages and what they offered him was only marginally above what he was earning in Serie A.

The star was a priority target for Antonio Conte five years ago, with then-manager desperate to sign Radja as his box-to-box midfielder in west London.

The club made a series of offers for the then-Roma player but despite I Gialorossi’s willingness to deal with Chelsea, he opted to stay in Italy.

Antonio was furious that the side failed to make a significant enough proposal to the Belgian to persuade the midfielder to continue his career at Stamford Bridge and the Italian left the capital outfit the following summer.

Radja has now revealed that the Premier League heavyweights were surprised at how much he was earning at Stadio Olimpico and that their offer was not enough to convince him to leave the country.

‘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,’ he said.

Speaking last November, the player revealed the English club’s offer was barely a payrise on what he earned in Rome.

‘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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