Radja Nainggolan: I watch Tottenham games because of my Belgium team-mates

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has admitted he watches Premier League games.

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has told this month's issue of FourFourTwo that he watches Tottenham games - just weeks after being linked with a move to White Hart Lane.

Nainggolan, 27, has enjoyed a fine season for Roma, establishing himself not only in the Belgian national team but also as one of the finest midfielders in Europe.

Naturally, there is now speculation surrounding his future, given that he is currently in a co-ownership deal between Roma and former club Cagliari.

That makes any potential deal this summer incredibly complicated, but recent reports in Belgium have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur wanted to land him, but faced competition from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, with Spurs unlikely to be able to afford Nainggolan unless they can sell players this summer.

Now, Nainggolan has told FourFourTwo that he does in fact watch Tottenham games - because of his international team-mates Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli, whilst also commenting on the possibility of a future move to the Premier League.

"It's certainly the most talked-about competition in the world. I regularly watch the games of my Belgian friends at Chelsea and Spurs, and there are a lot of world-class players," said Nainggolan.

"But don't underestimate Italian football. The fact there were three Italian sides and no English team in the semi-finals of European competitions this year says it all," he added.

Nainggolan's future will be resolved this summer and whilst a move to Spurs may seem unlikely, there could be a glimmer of hope if those Belgian friends can talk him into a move to North London.

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