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Roma star Radja Nainggolan has revealed the English weather has convinced him to turn down the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Belgian midfielder held talks with Chelsea in 2015 and 2016 but opted to stay with Roma, who he joined in 2014.
The 29-year-old is valued at around £45million and Manchester United have recently been linked with the midfielder.
Nainggolan is yet to win any silverware at Roma but the midfielder says he has no interest in leaving and says the English weather would stop him joining a Premier League club.
‘My focus is Roma,’ says Nainggolan.
‘People seem to have written something about me every day for the past ten years, but I’m still in here. Let them talk. ‘I have a very good life here. I have everything I need. My family live well here, so everything is on a good level for me.
‘Chelsea? Yes, that was something. It wasn’t done, but they were interested in me. Last season, when they won the Premier League, it was the beginning of that season. But at the end of the day, the choice wasn’t that difficult for me’
‘I like English football, I love to watch the English games too, but I’m almost 30 now. Starting over again? It’s difficult even to think about that. And I hate the rain. We were in Liverpool two days and it didn’t stop raining. It was cold too. You see the difference to here?’
Mourinho has already confirmed United will sign one midfielder to replace the retiring Michael Carrick and he could make a second if Marouane Fellaini decides to leave.
The Red Devils spent £145m last summer and Mourinho will be handed a similar amount again this time around to mount a title challenge. Chelsea’s spending is dependent upon who replaces Antonio Conte, with the Italian looking increasingly likely to leave after the FA Cup final.