Nainggolan: "I was disrespected by the national team and now I only want to focus on Inter"
In a long interview with ESPN, Radja Nainggolan speaks about the refusal to return to play for his national team and his first season wearing black and blue.
“When I missed the call-up to play at the World Cup, I said that I would not return to play for the national team and I can once again confirm it today. I am a man of my word. Even if Belgium were to change the coach, I would not return. I am here at Inter and I play my football. When I say it is over, it is over. Now I have 4-5 days of break when there are national teams commitment and I am happy to be able to concentrate only on Inter and my life outside of football.
“For me, the national team was a great experience and I continue cheering for my former teammates but there are some things that I cannot accept. I am talking about the decisions taken against me, those were justified with pathetic excuses. I had a great Euro in France with Belgium and then I was discarded for no reason. Players who got a call did not even play for their clubs while I was excluded. I played 50 games and was not called. I never asked to be a starter but at least to be able to fight for the shirt. I was disrespected and unfortunately in football as in life, it is hard to get away from levels once the people have stuck that on you. Everyone knows me can say that I am not a bad person. I am generous. And I like to make those around me feel happy, feel good. That is how I was educated and brought up.”