Radja Nainggolan to Chelsea: Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois want Roma midfielder at Stamford Bridge

The 28-year-old is the subject of a bid from Chelsea

Simon Rice@simonrice
Monday 13 June 2016 09:37
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Radja Nainggolan
Radja Nainggolan

Eden Hazard has revealed that he and Chelsea team-mate Thibaut Courtois want compatriot Radja Nainggolan to join them at Stamford Bridge.

Roma midfielder Nainggolan is the subject of a £23m bid from Chesea but the Belgium international is yet to make up his mind on whether to make the switch.

Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has made the 28-year-old one of his top targets this summer.

He, Hazard and Courtois are currently together for Belgium's Euro 2016 campaign, which kicks off tonight with a tough fixture against Italy - and Conte.

"Thibaut Courtois and myself would love him to come to Chelsea," Hazard said ahead of tonight's Group E match.

"I think he is one of the best midfielders in the world."

Eden Hazard

While encouragement from Hazard and Courtois will do no harm in convincing Nainggolan to move to Chelsea, it would seem the Blues will have to match some hefty wage expectations.

“[Conte] already wanted me when he was the Juve manager, but I’d already said I would never leave Roma for Juve. Now he tries to get me to Chelsea," Nainggolan said recently.

“I know Chelsea are a big club, but I have to take several things into account. It’s not easy to leave Italy behind after 12 years. I won’t leave for a small difference."

Belgium's match with Italy kicks off at 8pm tonight.

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