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Radja Nainggolan joins Inter Milan on four-year contract

Radja Nainggolan has joined Inter Milan from AS Roma with Davide Santon and Nicolo Zaniolo reportedly set to move in the opposite direction.

Nainggolan, who was overlooked by Belgium coach Roberto Martinez for his World Cup squad, has reunited with former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti, who took charge of the Inter Milan a year ago.

The 30-year-old scored six goals and registered the same number of assists for Roma last season.

“He’s the turbine that our game had been lacking,” Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia. “He’s going to set us alight. The fact that as soon as he knew he was on the transfer market, he decided to come to Inter is an important signal for us.

“More than the relationship between Nainggolan and Spalletti, it’s the relationship between Nainggolan and Inter which matters. Whenever he played against clubs like ours, Radja, like everybody, could see all the love there is around this club. We’ve got the biggest number of fans in the league and we have this mass of people who have followed us from stadium to stadium, showing us the way to go.”

The former Cagliari midfielder has signed a four-year contract in Milan after passing his medical and agreed a personal terms on Monday, former Newcastle full-back Santon and 18-year-old midfielder Zaniolo have been valued at around €10m in what will reportedly be an overall €35m deal.

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