Radja Nainggolan rues Roma exit, hits out at “fake” Ramon Monchi

Former Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan
John Solano

Former Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan admitted today that he’s still disappointed with how his time at the club came to an end.

The Belgian left the Giallorossi in the summer of 2018 after being sold to Inter for €24 million in cash plus defender Davide Santon and starlet Nicolo Zaniolo, who were valued at a combined €14 million.

Nainggolan’s exit came after four and a half seasons with the club, though, he insists only one person is responsible.

“I’m very disappointed with how my story with Roma ended,” he told Teleradiostereo.

“I’m a proud guy. A certain director (Ramon Monchi) joined the club and initially made it seem as if he loved me. But then his behavior towards me changed and became very bad.”

“I’m sorry that I have pride, but I don’t greet fake people kindly. My biggest disappointment regarding the end of my journey with Roma is that this guy arrived. I think he wanted to sell all of the players acquired by (former sporting director) Sabatini.”

He continued, “He (Monchi) is my biggest regret. I made the correct decision (to leave) albeit reluctantly.”

As for more positive moments, the Belgian cited the Giallorossi supporters’ affection when asked about his best memories in Rome.

“The best moment moments were always due to the supporters. Every time I think back to a match, I feel a warmth that I’ve never felt anywhere else.”

“Romans are very straightforward, they say what they think, just like me. Everything was perfect with them and we’re still on very good terms. I get told all the time to come back, but I think I left at the right time.”

“The team has struggled in recent seasons and hasn’t managed to qualify for the Champions League. There’s no need for me to return just to be a figurehead within the team, why ruin a relationship that ended well?”

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