Roma star Radja Nainggolan has refused to rule out a summer move to Chelsea despite claiming that he is yet to receive an offer from the Blues. The 27-year-old midfielder added that he is currently focused in his job at the Serie A giants but admitted that if a club like Barcelona call he would not reject the opportunity to play for the "most important club in the world."
Nainggolan has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge since emerged that new boss Antonio Conte was expected to take over at the club at the end of the season.
The Guardian recently reported that the Italian manager has the midfielder rated at £28m ($39.8m) among his top priorities to bolster the Chelsea squad. The Evening Standard later claimed that the Belgium international has already told his friends that he is considering an approach from the Blues.
Nainggolan went to Twitter to deny those claims last week but has opened up about a potential move to Chelsea during an interview with Il Tempo. Yet, the star suggests that his real dream move would be to join Barcelona.
"People are writing a few too many things about my future. I've been through this many times before, as at Cagliari for five years they said I was leaving and every summer I remained," Nainggolan said. "Now I am focused on ending the season well and achieving our objectives. I just renewed the contract, so it's not as if I have to leave. If anything, I've proved that I want to stay."
But when asked whether Conte has already approached him to convince him to join Chelsea, he said: "I haven't heard from anyone yet, I don't even know if it's true that they want me. I even read a story in the newspaper that I told my friends I'm going to Chelsea. It's ridiculous! The truth is I can't talk about things I don't know about yet.
"If they call me, am I not supposed to talk? At the moment I am giving everything for Roma, as I always have done. I am happy, my family is too, so even if I continued my career here, I'd be happy."
The Belgian, nevertheless, suggested that he is open to leave Roma in the summer, especially if Barcelona called him.
"However, if Barcelona come looking for me, which player would say he'd dislike playing for the most important club in the world? I'd be an idiot to say such things."
The midfielder, however, completely closed the door to a move to Roma rivals like Juventus after revealing he had "already rejected their proposals several times."