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Nainggolan shocks with Cagliari return

Nainggolan's heart-warming reasons to join struggling Serie A side revealed

August 5, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The Belgian midfielder was urged by Antonio Conte to leave Inter after one season, but 'Ninja' agreed gladly to be closer to those who matter the most.

Some things are bigger than football, and Radja Nainggolan gets what matters most to him right now.

The Belgian footballer was deemed surplus to Inter's requirements under Antonio Conte, which forced him to search for other employment opportunities. Today, the midfielder and former Belgium international joined Cagliari, a shocking destination due to the offers from top clubs in the world.

Here's how the Italian club revealed the news to its fans on social media.

But even if this decision seems to be surprising, Nainggolan chose this team for one specific reason: his family.

The player had his breakthrough season in Serie A with I Rossoblu in 2010. Not only that, he bought a home for his family there, and now he will return to this city to help his wife battle cancer.

Claudia Nainggolan revealed she was undergoing treatment for this disease last month, and her husband's decision to join Cagliari had everything to do with her predicament, according to Sky Sports.

The Belgian ace is often mentioned as one of the toughest footballers out there, but he has shown his softer side when it mattered the most. All we can do is wish the best for his wife and their family.

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