Suara.com – Former Belgian national team midfielder of Indonesian descent, Radja Nainggolan, has reportedly joined Bhayangkara FC. He was recruited at the last minute of the closing of the 2023-2024 BRI Liga 1 mid-season transfer window.
This rumor was conveyed by the X @IndoTransfer account, which dedicates itself to discussing rumors and news about player transfers from or to Indonesian clubs.
“Radja Nainggolan (35/MF) will play in the remainder of Liga1 this season?!” wrote @IndoTransfer on X on Wednesday (29/11/2023).
“The former Belgian national team player is reportedly going to strengthen Bhayangkara FC.”
The 2023-2024 BRI Liga 1 mid-season transfer window actually closed on Tuesday (28/11/2023) at midnight.
However, IndoTransfer explained that if the rumors were true, Radja Nainggolan had been recruited by Bhayangkara FC but had not yet announced it.
Portrait of Radja Nainggolan. (YouTube/Sports77 Official)
Apart from that, the player list system on the official website of Liga Indonesia Baru (LIB) as the operator of BRI Liga 1 2023-2024 is also said to have not been updated.
“The transfer window for the 2023/24 Liga1 and Liga2 seasons officially closed today (28/11),” wrote Indo Transfer in another tweet on X.
“There are still several clubs (League 1) that have not announced their new players, plus the player list system on the LIB page is not yet updated.”
“Let’s wait 1×24 hours.”
Radja Nainggolan is a Belgian midfielder of Indonesian descent who has played for big European clubs such as Inter Milan, AS Roma and Royal Antwerp.
Apart from having a quite impressive career at club level, Nainggolan is also regularly called up by the Belgian national team. Since making his debut on May 29 2009, he has appeared 30 times for the Red Devils, scoring six goals.
However, the 35 year old player is currently unemployed after being released by Italian SL League club SPAL on July 1 2023.
Nainggolan was also appointed by PSSI as ambassador for the 2023 U-17 World Cup. Seeing his status as “unemployed”, the possibility of the player defending a certain club in the middle of this season is clearly very open.