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Nainggolan: I played eight minutes and was still blamed by Conte

Mon 04 January 2021 | 20:30

Inter loanee has opened up about his cold relationship with Antonio Conte.

Radja Nainggolan

returned to


on a loan spell for the remainder of 2020-21. The Belgian spent the entire 2019-20 season at Cagliari too but his comeback to San Siro didn’t work out as his cold relationship with Inter’s coach

Antonio Conte

made it impossible for him to stay with the Nerazzurri. The 32-year old has revealed that he was hurt when Conte had blamed him after a game despite giving him only eight minutes to play.

“At the Nerazzurri I had a great coach, but I was hurt when he only gave me eight minutes of the match and then pointed me out as the responsible for everything,” he told Il Corriere dello Sport.

“What could I do in eight minutes? I didn’t start any controversy then, and I don’t do it now. That’s how it went.

“I’m healthy, whole. I didn’t miss a training, I’m never a minute late.”

Asked about Nicolo Zaniolo’s recent controversies, Nainggolan responded:

“I see that he’s going through what I have suffered. They have put him in their sights,” he said. “I paid for it. I want to say it clearly: I was wrong, I didn’t have to drink, I didn’t have to behave like that.

“But who doesn’t make a mistake in life? I see myself in Zaniolo again because I’m attacked too, trolled in social media. It’s easy to get caught up, the only way is to ignore it, not care.

“I’m not a teacher of life who gives advice. But the only way he can answer is on the pitch. For the rest, he must be strong and move on. He will respond the attackers with the first games he plays.”

The Belgian midfielder is concerned about COVID-19’s impact on football and the society.

“This year on the pitch, we are defending much more than a result. We are defending the League from the virus. It killed football, our lives and finally the world.

“I’m thinking of those who no longer have a job or had to close their activities. I would [take the vaccine], even if I should be immune now since I had it.

“I hope the first to be vaccinated are the weakest and the elderly.”

source: SportMob