Midfielder Radja Nainggolan feels that he was never really able to have peace of mind while he was at Inter Milan.
Speaking to the Caffettino podcast, via FCInterNews, the Belgian contrasted his time at the Nerazzurri with how he fit in during his time at Roma.
Nainggolan was a high-profile arrival at Inter during the summer of 2018.
At Cagliari and then Roma, the Belgian had established himself as one of Serie A’s top midfielders.
Particularly in his final couple of seasons with the Giallorossi, Nainggolan was virtually unplayable at times.
Therefore, Inter had to pay a fairly significant transfer fee to sign the 35-year-old. And of course the expectations for him in a Nerazzurri shirt were high.
Nainggolan’s time at Inter was hardly a complete bust. He made 41 appearances for the club in total, scoring seven goals in the process.
But the Belgian never recaptured his best form from his Roma days. One full season of decent displays was hardly good value for the fee that Inter invested in the midfielder.
Moreover, Nainggolan was always clearly out of the project under Antonio Conte and Luciano Spalletti.
So the Belgian is widely regarded as having been a flop at the Nerazzurri.
And from the perspective of the player concerned, there were issues off of the pitch that conditioned his form on it.
Radja Nainggolan Looks Back On Roma & Inter Milan
Nainggolan recalled that “The truth is that Roma changed my life.”
“I had everything I needed to be happy there,” he continued. “I had a strong team, I earned good money, the fans adored me.”
“I had a city where I could have fun,” the Belgian continued.
“And they didn’t bother me about it,” he said. “They told me that I could do what I wanted off the pitch, as long as I would give my best when I played.”
“In Rome I found my niche,” the 35-year-old said. “And then I went to Inter, and they gave me sh*t for everything.”
He claimed that “From the club to the fans, they all did. I didn’t feel at ease.”