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Chelsea transfer target Radja Nainggolan with the final word on his Roma future

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It's Nain-goingtohappen.

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After months of quotes, misquotes, certainties and uncertainties, AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan summons the definitive word to once and for all smite these rumours to death.  (Until they're magically resurrected of course.)

"Will I stay at Roma? Yes."

-Radja Nainggolan; source: Gazzetta dello Sport via Football Italia

Given his record, I wouldn't put it past 'The Ninja' to backtrack on these quotes, or fire back with more mixed messages towards his current club and a fan-base hoping to remain in favor with both as he angles for a big payday.

Chelsea reportedly made three attempts to purchase Nainggolan, the last of which, a €40 million bid, was outright rejected by Roma's board. The club's intentions are clear: to offer the midfielder a new and improved contract, therefore extending his current stay with the Giallorossi, and limiting the damage caused to the squad already by Miralem Pjanic's exit.

If the message for Chelsea to move onto Kanté or other potential midfield targets wasn't clear before, it should be by now.