The Cagliari star says he could well leave Serie A this summer but insists that he is likely to turn down a big-money offer from SouthamptonEXCLUSIVE
By Nina Rialita
Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan has revealed he was close to joining Juventus in the summer of 2012.
The 25-year-old midfielder has long been touted with a move to one of Serie A's big guns, with Inter, Roma and Napoli all said to be vying for his signature.
And the Belgian has now hinted that he could leave the Sardinians this summer but is unsure whether he will remain in Italy.
"Actually, I could have played for Juventus last year," he told Goal.
"However, as I got many offers, it was quite hard for me to decide. In Italy, Juventus are the best team, they are in different class now.
"Serie A is not good as it was three years ago though, with several teams suffering a financial problem, such as AC Milan.
"I'm still a Cagliari player. Whether I will stay or not depends on the club's vision for the future. If Cagliari have a good plan for my career, of course I will stay.
"The situation is uncertain and everything can happen. But, I have to consider my future career as well."
The Isolani star went on to say that both England and Spain would be desirable destinations but stressed that he is likely to turn down an offer from Southampton.
"It's no problem for me to move to English football for the sake of my career," he added.
"There are plenty of national team scouts in the Premier League or Spanish Primera Liga, not like in Serie A.
"Honestly, Southampton have made me the biggest offer at the moment compared to the other clubs. But I don't play football for money.
"My priority is looking for a brighter future for my career and Southampton is my last choice."