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 By Ben Gladwell

Radja Nainggolan close to signing new Roma deal, president Pallotta suggests

Radja Nainggolan had been linked with a move away from Roma.

Roma president James Pallotta has hinted that Radja Nainggolan is about to sign a new contract with the Serie A club.

Speaking to reporters at Rome's Ciampino airport before returning to Boston, American businessman Pallotta said he will fly back to the United States with the knowledge that Nainggolan will not be leaving the club this summer.

The Belgium international has recently been linked with moves to Inter Milan and Manchester United, with former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti reportedly keen to be reunited with him at Inter.

"Did you not see that he [Nainggolan] was smiling yesterday?" Pallotta told reporters.

Asked for confirmation if that meant the midfielder had reached an agreement with Roma, Pallotti said: "Yes."

Nainggolan had earlier told reporters asking about a potential contract renewal that he was "smiling" after a meeting with the club's sporting director Monchi, which lasted just over half an hour.

He has played 161 Serie A games for Roma and scored 27 goals since joining them from Cagliari in 2014.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

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