Inter coach Antonio Conte’s relationship with Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan is a cold one, according to a report from today’s paper edition of the Milano based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
The report details how the Nerazzurri sent the 32-year-old Belgian out on loan to Cagliari last season, where he performed well, scoring six goals and providing seven assists.
The Milanese club wanted to sell Nainggolan back to the Rossoblu in the summer but a deal never materialised, leaving the former Roma midfielder in limbo.
He has hardly featured for Inter this campaign, making only five appearances for a total of 45 minutes.
Conte revealed his thoughts about the Belgian after the 2-2 draw against Parma, saying: “Nainggolan’s performance? Judge for yourself, I would like to bring everyone in the best condition. Some arrive late and others never.”
This was added to in a press conference yesterday after the win against Bologna, where he stated: “He will not be available for the match against Bologna, he hasn’t recovered yet. But for individual situations you have to ask the management, not me.”
Conte has no plans to include Nainggolan in his project in Milan and the player is destined to leave the club in the upcoming January transfer window, with a return to Cagliari likely.