Radja Nainggolan is agonising over a move to Chelsea after admitting the west Londoners have approached Roma for his services.
The tenacious midfielder is one of new manager Antonio Conte’s top summer transfer targets as he looks to revive the club’s fortunes next season.
Nainggolan has long been linked with Chelsea but the Belgian has never previously confirmed contact had been made between the two parties.
But having spent his whole career in Italy with Piacenza, Cagliari and now Roma, Nainggolan has hinted he would find it difficult to walk away from the Stadio Olimpico.
"They want to strengthen and moreover you have a coach like Conte who has always wanted to sign me," Nainggolan told Belgian magazine Nina.
"There has been contact between the two clubs, but as long as there is no agreement reached, I'll stay well out of it.
"Chelsea are a great team and it's good to be appreciated by them.
"I am very happy at Roma. They appreciate what I do for the club, everyone likes me as a player and a person, so that is very important to me.
"I lead a good life here and there is a nice balance between my football and my family life. It would be a very difficult choice to leave Italy after 11 years."
Nainggolan would join up with Belgium team-mates Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard if he does decide to move to the Premier League by joining Chelsea.
Chelsea are understood to have prepared a five-year contract for the midfielder and are willing to pay in excess of £30million to land their man this summer.
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