Spalletti: Nainggolan has promised to stay at Roma

Luciano Spalletti says midfielder Radja Nainggolan has told him he will stay at Roma despite being linked with a move away.

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has promised to stay with the Serie A giants, according to coach Luciano Spalletti.

The 28-year-old midfielder is reportedly a transfer target for Chelsea, but may yet be offered a new and improved deal by Roma.

Spalletti has already seen Miralem Pjanic leave the club for league champion Juventus, and he is keen to keep the Belgium international.

"I think he stays with us. He is a man of his word and promised," Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia. "He seemed enthusiastic about continuing to give us his contribution next season."

Roma have been linked with a move for Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel, but Spalletti said he had greater priorities.

"We must first fix the defense," he said. "The priority is to find a replacement on the right for [Alessandro] Florenzi, who has the qualities to take on more offensive roles."