​AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan admits that Serie A rivals Juventus "are still the best" in Italy but does not regret the uncharitable remarks that he has made against them. 

The Belgian who is widely considered to be one of the best midfielders in the world has stated that he hates the Turin based club while also explaining the motives behind such a statement.

“Quality of Italian football still the same? The level of competitiveness has risen. In my opinion, there will be more balance. There are better teams now. Juventus always the favourites? Of course. Their 3-0 defeat to Barcelona was bad, but they’re still the best. I also put Napoli near them. We’re also there", Nainggolan said, as quoted by ​Football Italia.

“Are Juventus still unlikeable and have I ever regretted any of my statements? Never, I say what I think. It all started from my days at Cagliari, I saw certain attitudes to referees on the pitch and the referees seemed to be influenced by them. When that happened in a match [against Juve], they were given two penalties outside the box", he added.

The Belgian's side though have not had the best of starts to the season in the league, losing one and winning two out of three games played. They currently find themselves in ninth position with six points, six behind current leaders Napoli.