Nainggolan: ‘Joy taken away from me’

Radja Nainggolan landed in Cagliari for his third stint at the club, on loan from Inter. ‘I want to rediscover the joy of playing football that has been taken away from me.’

He had already played for the Sardinians early in his career before the Roma move, then spent last season here on loan before returning to Inter for six months on the bench.

“I want to rediscover the joy of playing football that has been taken away from me during the first part of this season,” said Nainggolan to reporters including Centotrentuno.com at the airport.

“I like playing football and it’s what I want to do. I just want to be talked about for what I do on the pitch, especially as I read some things that were just absurd.

“Finally I am here, like last summer. Finally here and I hope to say finally here next summer too, but we’ll see. I am someone who seems to be shoved from side to side.”

There is another reason for Nainggolan to appreciate coming to Cagliari this time, as he’ll reunite with his former Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

“I already spoke to him and he wanted me here in the summer, but we managed to get it done now. I see the team here as pretty strong and competitive, but perhaps lacking a bit of consistency, which can happen with many new and young players.

“I hope to lend some of my experience to the squad and help get the results Cagliari deserve.”

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