'I think Conte is still angry with me' - Nainggolan dismisses Chelsea links

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The Roma midfielder shunned interest from the Blues in 2016 and is yet to see that interest rekindled despite reports suggesting he remains a target

Radja Nainggolan says Chelsea have yet to rekindle their interest in him, with Antonio Conte still upset after the Roma midfielder rejected them last year.

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The Blues were keen on taking the Belgium international to Stamford Bridge shortly after welcoming their Italian coach to the helm.

Nainggolan was not interest in leaving Serie A for the Premier League at that stage and shunned the advances from England.

Speculation has continued to suggest that the 29-year-old remains a top target for Chelsea, but he has consistently dismissed the idea and believes he may have burned a bridge to London.

“I haven’t heard from Conte this year," he told Italian TV show Tiki Taka. "I think he’s probably still a little angry with me about last year.

“At least I think he is, I don’t know.

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“As I’ve said before, I get very fond of places and if you earn a certain respect, it’s because you’ve given them something.

“I am happy in Rome, I like playing where I do now and changing club often is not my style. I showed love.” 

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Nainggolan has been with Roma since 2014, having initially joined the club on loan from Cagliari.

He has made 160 appearances for the capital outfit and helped them to a runner-up finish in 2016-17 with a personal best return of 11 Serie A goals.

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