You could almost hear the scream of frustration from Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini after Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi said he is staying at Roma.
Despite signing a new contract last season that tied him to the Giallorossi until 2017, De Rossi’s agent was reported to have flown out for talks with City officials last week. The Premier League champions were said to have offered €35m and a four year deal worth €9m a season, raising doubts over the midfielder’s future.
However, at a Press conference at Roma’s Trigoria training complex today, the 29-year-old dispelled fears over his departure.
“I am staying, I am happy here and I have never, ever asked to leave,” De Rossi announced.
“People have written all sorts of things, about me, about Roberto Mancini. Some of it makes me laugh, some of it makes me angry.”
De Rossi, who is a boyhood Roma fan said that if he ever decides to leave Roma, he will let everyone know that he is going. His transfer will not be a surprise to Roma fans.
“What I can promise everyone is that the day I do leave Roma – whether to win the Champions League or make more money – I will say so in public.
“I came here to do a Press conference that I do every year. I didn’t speak while with the national team out of respect. There are offers and it is important for me to speak my mind.
“One club, the one you all know, made an enquiry. One or two others, but that was just talk.
“I don’t know if the club still want to sell me,” the Italy international concluded. “I’m guessing they count on me since they gave me a huge contract in May. Ask them.”
Big win for Roma today, with the news that their talisman is staying. As for Manchester City, it is back to the drawing board as they continue to bring in new players this summer.