‘Nainggolan talks ongoing’

Roma chief executive Umberto Gandini confirms “dialogue is open” with Radja Nainggolan over a new contract.

The Belgian midfielder rejected Chelsea last summer, and was promised a new contract as a token of appreciation.

However, there has so far been no announcement of a renewal, leading to concerns that he could follow Mohamed Salah and Leandro Paredes out of the exit door.

“The dialogue is open,” Gandini said on Radio 24.

“He’s a Roma player and he has a contract for many years. We’re positive about the construction of the squad with Radja present.”

The Giallorossi are currently in Boston as part of their pre-season tour, and Gandini was asked if all the travelling could have a negative effect on their preparations.

“Big clubs have been preparing for the season abroad for years, with high-level facilities and in areas where football is growing.

“Napoli stayed in Italy? If we could choose an ideal path, living in a bubble, then we’d stay at home.

“The results say differently though, last season the top two teams [Juventus and Roma] played in pre-season tournaments and the third [Napoli] didn’t.

“The city of Rome, the name, forces us to carry our banner around the world. Then we have American ownership that gives us many amenities when we come here.

“For example, we’re currently working at a high-level structure like Harvard.”

Gandini was also asked about the goals for the coming season.

“Obviously a big team like Roma must play to win,” Gandini said.

“Then there are lots of games which shape the table. Roma have been closest to Juve in recent years, but we have to move forward.

“The transfer market means a great team like Milan is returning to competing, so the League will be even more interesting.

“Serie A and the Premier League are perhaps the only Leagues where at least four teams alternate in being competitive.”