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Radja Nainggolan snubs Premier League interest for AS Roma stay

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AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has revealed his desire to stay at the club over the summer, despite growing interest from Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool.

The Belgium international has been a longterm target of the Premier League sides and with both Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers set to have busy summers, Nainggolan was high on both managers' wish-lists.

Premier League Interest

United are in the market for another centre-midfielder in order to partner Michael Carrick, whilst Liverpool are already searching for potential Steven Gerrard replacements.

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The veteran is set to leave the club at the end of the season in order to join MLS side LA Galaxy, and Rodgers is already in the market for potential replacements. According to reports, Rodgers has a four-man list of candidates which contains James Milner, Mateo Kovacic, Arturo Vidal and Nainggolan.

Nainggolan Eyes Stay

However, both United and Liverpool have been dealt transfer blows with the news that Nainggolan has no plans on leaving Roma in the coming weeks. 

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The 27-year-old was speaking about his future in a recent interview with Italian television network Mediaset Premium, and he confirmed that his desire is to stay in Italy and stay with Rudi Garcia's side.

Nainggolan said: "Future at Roma? The club knows my will. I am showing on the pitch that I want to be here."

Belgium's Roma Career

The centre-midfielder joined Roma in 2014 after agreeing a move from Serie A rivals Cagliari, and, since his move last year, he has gone on to make 32 league appearances, scoring four goals in the process.

The midfielder has been ever present in Garcia's side this campaign, making 30 appearances in the league and nine appearances in European competitions. Nainggolan became a Roma favourite during his loan-spell at the club before he made the temporary deal permanent in the summer of 2014.

Roma only spent just over £4 million on the Belgium, but due to his development over the past year if the club were to ever sell him they would be looking at double figures for his signature.

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