Belgium international Radja Nainggolan has revealed he had offers from Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester United but snubbed them.

The midfielder was offered more cash to join the blues but opted to remain in the Serie A.

Nainggolan joined Inter Milan from AS Roma after five years in a €38 million (£33m) after considering his options.

The 30-year-old is happy with his decision to stay and harbours no regrets.

“I have had plenty of chances to leave,” he said to ESPN FC.

“I am the kind of person who above all needs to live well and be at a club which plays to win, or where I am happy with my life.

“There are lots of components — lots to evaluate. I stayed in Italy, with Roma, because I wanted to end in the best way possible, there was Manchester too.

“There were many things that I was not interested in at all. Of course you are flattered by the interest, but this is how it is.

“In Italy, you live really well — I like the culture and way of life here. Chelsea offered me more money and they are a big club, yes.”

Nainggolan alluded to the excitement of the Premier League and its appeal world wide. Compared with football in Italy, the Belgian reckons it’s at a much faster pace.

“I think if you want a spectacle, you need to watch English football.

“In terms of the fans, the stadiums being full, the pitches being perfect — and it seems like the action is in fast-forward.

“The rhythm is so high, but it’s not as tactical as it is in Italy. If you were to ask me which league I’d like to play in, maybe I’d say England for the spectacle, but I’ve been here for so long now that I’m perfectly happy here and I don’t need to change anything.”

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