Manchester United target praises his current club for helping him earn Belgium place

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Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has praised the club for helping him get into the Belgium squad.

Belgium hammered Andorra 6-0 at the weekend, but they couldn't follow that up with another win against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday, as Marc Wilmots side played out a 1-1 draw in Zenica. Manchester City's Edin Dzeko gave Bosnia a first half lead, but Belgium midfield Radja Nainggolan notched an equaliser after the break.

The 26-year-old midfielder first arrived in Italy from Germinal Beerschot in 2005, joining Piacenza as a 17-year-old before going on to play for Cagliari and now Roma, who snapped up the energetic midfielder last January for a total of €9m.

Despite being eligible to play for Indonesia, Nainggolan has always had his sights on playing for Belgium, but despite representing them at almost every youth level, he's always been on the fringes of Wilmots' squad - until his move to Roma, who Nainggolan has praised for helping him get into the team.

"It’s been very important for me. The first six months were enough for me to force my way back into the national side. If the coach had to decide today on a 23-man squad for the World Cup, I would be in it."

With Manchester United reportedly looking to sign Nainggolan in January, his comments will be something of a blow to Louis van Gaal, with the midfielder seemingly content at Roma, but for now, he's just happy to have scored his second international goal in just his eighth appearance for Belgium.

"I know that I had a bit of luck," said Nainggolan. I didn’t think it would go in, but that doesn’t matter as he who doesn’t shoot doesn’t score. With Roma I try to score in every game and up to now I’ve already scored a goal and a half. But the second was an own goal."

If Nainggolan continues to impress in Serie A and for Belgium, United's interest could grow and grow - but he seems committed to Roma and manager Rudi Garcia.

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