Manchester City target Daniele De Rossi commits future to Roma

Manchester City target Daniele De Rossi has ended speculation overt his future by signing a new five-year deal at Roma

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Roberto Mancini previously described Daniele De Rossi as "the perfect fit" for Man City PA Photos

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Daniele De Rossi has committed his future to Roma by signing a new five-year deal to remain in the Italian capital.

City boss Roberto Mancini had fuelled speculation linking the 28-year-old, whose contract was due to expire in the summer, with a move to the Premier League leaders by describing him as “the perfect fit” for his side.

But De Rossi has penned a new deal with the Serie A outfit, revealing it was his love for Rome and the passion of the club’s fans which persuaded him to stay.

“What drives me to stay here, to do my job with so much passion is this team, this city and its people,” said De Rossi.

“What I desire is here. The negotiations have been lengthy and I cannot deny that I had doubts.

“I thought of many things, of alternatives, and I spoke to many people during this time. I wanted to stay only if I was welcomed by the fans.

“Last year I saw the love from the fans towards me diminish and the fact that some of them questioned my strength as a player made me think of seeking alternatives.

“There was also the thought of ambition, the idea of playing somewhere else, to face the top teams in the world, not that we don’t have that possibility here.

“Those things fascinated me and I did speak to other clubs. I was very tempted to see if I had the strength to play elsewhere.

“But in the end I made a choice not just of the heart but of the head. I have not remained here just to be a tourist in Rome and see the Colosseum. I believe a lot in this new project.”

De Rossi also spoke of the change at Roma since Luis Enrique took charge of the club last summer – and the Italian midfielder is excited about the Spaniard’s plans for the future.

“There is a positive atmosphere in the club,” De Rossi added. “It’s a new beginning although I don’t forget the past. Although my love for Roma goes beyond coaches and executives, for me Luis Enrique’s arrival has been crucial.

“He has re-ignited the spark that each player needs. He is the coach that has made me feel great in all of my life. I am in complete agreement with all of his decisions.”

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