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Nainggolan claims Inter stole his joy of playing football

Thu 31 December 2020 | 13:19

Despite a successful loan spell at Cagliari last season, Nainggolan couldn’t find a way into Antonio Conte’s plans and loaned to Cagliari for the second time.


has opted to re-join


until their end of the current campaign after he only took part in five of


last 20 games across all competitions. The Sardinia-based club confirmed his arrival on Thursday morning.

An official statement on


website reads:

"Cagliari Calcio is pleased to announce that it has acquired the right to the sports services of the player Radja Nainggolan who moves from Inter with the loan formula until the end of the season. 

"Like a long love story, tinged with red and blue: Cagliari and Nainggolan once again together. Because the little boy who became a man and a footballer on the island, who left to take flight and rise to an absolute level champion, has always carried the flag of Sardinia with him, the Quattro Mori tattooed in his heart. 

"Radja Nainggolan is back, ready to wear his 4 again, to battle in the middle of the field, to write new pages in Cagliari."

The Belgian took shots at the Nerazzurri when quizzed by reporters at the airport on his way to Sardegna Arena.

"I'm happy to be here, I want to rediscover the joy of playing football that was taken away from me in this first part of the year,"

said the Belgium international.

"The team is strong and competitive and with many promising young players. Maybe it lacks a bit of continuity during the game, it's not easy with so many new features.

"I'd like to put my experience at the service of the team. I've read absurd things, I'm intact and can't wait to play. If I will stay permanently? Now I'm being moved left and right, let's see."


can make his appearance for

Eusebio Di Francesco's

side this season during their home fixture against


on January 3.


is currently 15


in Serie A table with 14 points, 19 points behind



source: SportMob