Roma tell Man City ‘irreplaceable’ De Rossi not for sale

By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 9th, 2012
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AS Roma director of football Walter Sabatini has dismissed reports linking Daniele De Rossi with a move to English champions Manchester City.

Reports had claimed City boss Roberto Mancini was preparing a £20million bid for the 29-year-old midfielder, who has attracted interest from the Premier League champions in the past after talks on a new contract had stalled.

De Rossi had looked to put an end to speculation over his future when he put pen-to-paper on a new long term with his boyhood heroes earlier this year.

However, City are said to keen as reports continue to link Dutchman Nigel de Jong with a move away from the Etihad Stadium with Internazionale the lastest club to be linked.

Meanwhile, despite his new deal at the Stadio Olimpico De Rossi had indicated his interest in a potential move to the Premier League during Euro 2012, praising the style of play and professing to a long-held admiration for Steven Gerrard.

Sabatini had looked to give City hope when he admitted “Roma cannot be detached from the reality that the movement of players may be necessary for survival” suggesting everone at the club had a price.

All except De Rossi it would seem, with Sabatini back tracking on his earlier assertion to insist the club’s midfield enforcer, who has played over 400 games for the Giallorossi, will be going nowhere.

“De Rossi is a leader for us, and therefore we never considered selling him,” Sabatini told the Corriere Dello Sport.

“We are not looking for anyone to buy De Rossi, because he is extraordinarily important for us, a player who is irreplaceable, and so it would be difficult to even look at an indecent proposal.”

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