Nainggolan hits out at Conte for only playing him for 'eight minutes'

Radja Nainggolan hits out at Antonio Conte for only giving him ‘eight minutes’ on the pitch and then blaming him for ‘EVERYTHING’ at Inter Milan after sealing loan move back to Cagliari until the end of the season

  • Inter Milan’s Radja Nainggolan sealed a move back to Cagliari on loan last week  
  • Nainggolan has said he felt he was unfairly blamed by Inter boss Antonio Conte 
  • The 32-year-old has made just five appearances from the bench this season  

Radja Nainggolan has fired a parting shot at Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte following his loan move to Cagliari.

Nainggolan believes he has been made a scapegoat for when things haven’t gone right this season despite Inter being second in Serie A and one point behind rivals AC Milan.

The 32-year-old last week completed his move to Cagliari, where he also spent last year, on loan until the end of the season, after making only five appearances – all off the bench in the latter stages of matches – for Inter this term.

Radja Nainggolan has hit out at Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte following his move to Cagliari

Nainggolan said Conte had unfairly blamed him for everything that had gone wrong at Inter

He told Corriere dello Sport: ‘At the Nerazzurri I had a great coach, but I was hurt when he only gave me eight minutes of the match and then pointed me out as responsible for everything (bad).  

‘What could I do in eight minutes? I didn’t start any controversy then, and I don’t do it now. That’s how it went.

‘I’m healthy, whole. I didn’t miss a training (session), I’m never a minute late.’

Nainggolan has actually played just 45 minutes in total for Inter this season – 42 in Serie A and three in the Champions League. 

The 32-year-old has returned to Cagliari where he also spent last season on loan from Inter

Nainggolan was one of six Inter players to test positive for coronavirus in October.

The Belgium midfielder recovered in just under two weeks and, although he hasn’t shown any longer-term symptoms, he remains concerned of the impact Covid-19 is having worldwide.

He added: ‘This year on the pitch, we are defending much more than a result. We are defending the league from the virus. It killed football, our lives and finally the world.

‘I’m thinking of those who no longer have a job or had to close their activities. I would [take the vaccine], even if I should be immune now since I had it.

‘I hope the first to be vaccinated are the weakest and the elderly.’  

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