Radja Nainggolan has revealed he rejected a move to the Premier League as he is not motivated by money.
The Roma midfielder has been linked with a move to both Chelsea and Manchester United in the last few transfer windows, as both clubs have been looking to strengthen their midfield departments.
However the Belgian has said he would prefer to enjoy a nice life, rather than boost his salary, insisting he loves living in the Italian capital.
“I could have gone to Chelsea and many other clubs, but starting something knew when you are 28, 29, in a new culture, another lifestyle, that’s not for me,” he told Belgium’s Sport Voetbal Magazine.
“I prefer to stay where I feel good.
“If money were my only motivation, I would have changed clubs many times and my salary would have grown, but my first priority is to live well. You need to live well and be happy playing where you are and I have both of those things here. Everything is perfect; my family is happy in Rome.
“There are lots of good restaurants and it’s a good place to go shopping. When friends or family come to visit, you can send them almost anywhere.
“I’m liked at the club and the supporters are behind me. I’ve given a lot on the field and I get a lot of respect for that. As a footballer, that’s one of the best things you can get. I grew up in Antwerp, but I became a man in Italy. As things stand, I can see myself living in Rome in later life.”