Il Corriere dello Sport: Radja Nainggolan has a red and yellow heart. He wants to stay at Roma and has already told this to the directors of the club, even if it means earning less.
The sense of belonging was only confirmed by the video in which he proclaimed, “I hate Juve”, but it is getting more difficult to give up the wages he could potentially earn elsewhere, but this is affecting the Belgian less, as of now. The appointment for the renewal of the player has not yet been set, but yesterday his agent, Alessandro Beltrami, was at Trigoria. Radja is willing to wait even until the end of the season for the wage adjustment he was promised when he rejected Chelse.
Nainggolan is a Dan favourite who is strongly attached to the club, he proved this when he said “no” to Chelsea over the summer when was offered €5.5 million (net) wages plus image right. But recently he has made his concrete choice: he still wants to remain with Roma and to win with this shirt. He feels bound to this environment, as he felt bound to Cagliari before arriving in Rome.
He is one of the team’s veterans and leaders along with the three Roman’s and Strootman. Nainggolan has great respect for Totti, with whom he got on well with from the start. He considers him a ‘bandiera’, but he knows that his path is different. Radja does not want to be a hero, considering his profession a passion. At the end of the match against Crotone, he remained on the field for several minutes to sign autographs for a little ball boy and did not say no to anyone who asked for one. Radja is a child inside but a top player win technique. Yes he enjoys the night life but when steps on to the pitch, he is one of the best.
Now that he has made his choice for the wage adjustment of his contract, he is in no hurry. He trusts the club after they made this promise to him, he believes that they will find a solution, even if it is less than the €5.5 million that Chelsea were ready to give him. Now what matters to him is to win with Roma. He wants to stay for these people, to win with them. He is part of the project and now also hopes that Spalletti remains.