By Joe Avicolli
Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has revealed that he’ll always defend his teammates and do the best he can for his club in both good times and bad.
The Giallorossi have been inconsistent with their performances since the start of the 2015/16 campaign, which has seen them draw some criticism from the media and their peers online, but the 27-year-old insists that he will continue doing whatever it takes to win and will keep sticking up for those close to him.
Nainggolan spoke to RollingStone.it about his attitude both on and off the pitch and commented on what he’s willing to do in order to help Roma earn success.
“As a child I covered more offensive roles, because all kids want to score more goals,” said the Belgium international.
“But I’m someone who has always fought to get anything and I never stopped, even now that I play for such a great team.
“I realized that as long as someone can do their best on the field, they can do their best off of the field as well.
“I don’t harm anyone or do any damage off of the field. I just live my life and have fun, everyone can see that.
“I’m someone who can get along with everyone. But when I’m on the field, I just want to win. And occasionally that can cause me to bicker with those who are against me.
“But everything that happens on the field, ends on the field. However, if I need to say something, I say it quietly.
“The insults via Twitter? People will talk bad about you everywhere, and if you leave it or always lose your head, it’s no good.
“Every so often I’ll answer, it makes you understand the character of the person saying these things, and the person responding.
“A football team is like a family. You spend every day together, you basically live together. If you insult one of my teammates, I will defend them.
“If I have to then I will go to war for my teammates, I’ll do it in every game to win and I’ll do it even when we lose.”