5 things you didn’t know about Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan

April 28, 2016 2:39 pm

There are very few players who dive into tackles bravely and come out willing to make another and Radja Nainggolan is one of those. These players are set apart and they’re the leaders who inspire their teammates to play better. The Belgian central midfielder is an intelligent player and a good reader of the game which helps him make many interceptions.

The 27-year old has been a solid wall just ahead of the Roma defence this season and has been in an exceptional form. While the Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is looking to grab the pacy defensive midfielder, we look at the 5 things you probably didn’t know about him:

  1. He made his senior debut for Serie B club Piacenza Calcio 1919.

Radja Nainggolan playing for Piacenza Calcio.

At the age of 17, Radja Nainggolan made his debut for the Serie B club Piacenza Calcio and went on to play two games for the club that season. He spent many games on the bench waiting for his chance and also played many games for the club’s Reserve team.

  1. He was loaned out to Cagliari in 2010

Nainggolan playing for Caligari in 2011.

Nainggolan was loaned out to Cagliari during the January transfer window in 2010 with an option to buy back. In June 2010, Cagliari acquired Nainggolan on a permanent basis on a four-year contract. In early October 2013, after three seasons as an undisputed first-choice, he renewed his contract until 2016.

  1. He was loaned out to AS Roma in 2014

Nainggolan permanently signed for AS Roma in June 2014.

The Defensive midfielder has had a habit of being tried out before getting offered a contract since it’s the second time in his career it had happened that he’d been loaned out so that the manager could see if he’d fit in. In January 2014, he was loaned out to AS Roma and was permanently acquired by the club in June for a fee of €6 million.

  1. He wasn’t selected for World Cup 2014

Radja Nainggolan celebrating his goal scored for Belgium.

Nainggolan was having a great year in 2014 – he moved to a bigger club which played Champions League and was ready to become a first team player there but it wasn’t all smiles. He was on the stand-by list for Belgium’s squad for the World Cup, but couldn’t get in.

  1. His father left his family when he was a kid

Radja had a rough childhood.

Nainggolan was born in Antwerp, the son of Lizy Bogaerts, a Belgian who raised him with his three half brothers and his twin sister, and Marianus Nainggolan. His father, an Indonesian of Batak background member left them with nothing when he was just a child.

Nainggolan’s mother died in 2010, and after her death he tattooed two large wings on his back with her dates of birth and death.

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