Radja Nainggolan explains the one thing he'd have to do if he moved to the Premier League

Over the past few years Radja Nianggolan has made a name for himself as one of the most sought-after tough tackling midfielders in Europe.

Since joining Roma in 2014, he has become as recognisable for his all action displays in the heart of the midfield as he has for his outlandish tattoos and hairstyle.

And such is his reputation in Serie A, the links to the Premier League have almost been inevitable and he has been linked with a number of sides over the previous two transfer windows.

But it is Chelsea who have been in the driving seat, according to reports, with Antonio Conte keen to bring those qualities he saw while in Italy’s top flight over to England.

The player himself is aware of the speculation, and while he refused to rule out a potential switch to Stamford Bridge in the near future, he has insisted that he is happy at Roma.

Furthermore, he explained why he is happy with the Giallorossi, explaining that he has fought hard to establish a reputation for himself there, and should he move to England he would have to start all over again from scratch.

“I’m happy in Rome, the weather is usually good and my family are fine here,” Goal reports.

“Sometimes you make choices for money, other times it’s for quality of life, which is important for me. Also if I went to England I’d have to start from scratch and I’m very happy at Roma.

“China? Not now, but you can never rule anything out. I’d have to see at the time.”

Players have often drawn criticism for their smoking, too, but Nainggolan fronted up to the accusation with honesty and a generalised defiance.

When quizzed about his ‘filthy habit’ he responded: “I’ve never hidden before. I know, I myself have children and I have to set an example, but it has always been important to me that people give their opinions about what someone is doing on the field, his job. I am footballer, that’s what I need to do and that’s what I love.

“I’m not hiding it. It is true, I cannot continue to ignore it. I am not ashamed of it.”

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