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Sunday August 19 2012
De Rossi's City decision

Daniele De Rossi has been put in a very difficult position for the second time in a year. Susy Campanale wonders how long Romanisti will have to suffer.

It was only 12 months ago that we were having this exact same debate, as Daniele De Rossi’s contract was set to expire and offers came pouring in from the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter, Chelsea and Manchester City. The ‘Future Captain’ signed a new long-term deal in February, yet we’re in the exact same spot once again with City’s reported €35m offer. What will it take to reassure the fans?

Roma ultras are not known for their patience or understanding, but since the American owners took charge they have been model tifosi. Considering the abysmal campaign under Luis Enrique, protests were kept to a minimum and painful decisions accepted. Now Zdenek Zeman has returned, a Coach who always fires up the passion in his public and already brought his spectacular style of football to the Olimpico 13 years ago. The ultras did not complain when Fabio Borini – arguably Roma’s best player last term – was sold to Liverpool and Mattia Destro brought in to replace him. In all 43 players have been sold or loaned out this summer. However, putting De Rossi in the balance is a step too far.

It’s arguable that nobody is truly safe from being dragged into the transfer mire, except maybe Lionel Messi and Francesco Totti. Now Alessandro Del Piero has left Juventus after 20 years, Gennaro Gattuso is insulting Milan from Sion and Thiago Silva was sold to PSG two weeks after extending his contract. It’s a jungle out there.

Roma fans can’t even rely on the amazing bond that exists between local players and the club, although Alberto Aquilani’s downhill post-Giallorossi roll can serve as a warning to anyone thinking about flying the nest. The Lupi are not in Europe for essentially a second consecutive year, so De Rossi could be tempted by the nouveau riche Manchester City project. It is up to the club and the fans now to prove how much he is needed in the Capital. Tonight’s friendly against Aris Salonika, in which the team will be ‘presented’ to the supporters, is the ideal moment. 

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Have your say...
Putting all the sentimentality to one side, 35 million sounds like a very good price for a 29-year old. I don't know what Roma's financial situation is like now, but that's money that could buy 2 or 3 decent players. Roma will need to do something as they are probably 5th or 6th best in Italy at the moment even with De Rossi. Pretty tempting offer.
on the 25th August, 2012 at 1:45pm
Daniele is the best in the world after france.
no doubt.he stay with us
on the 25th August, 2012 at 9:29am
@Epicology:
how stupid are those 2 questions?
1. because he will be the captain after Totti. If he isn't the captain now but will be in the FUTURE he has to be called "capitano futuro".
2. because he is the best defensive midfielder in the world.
on the 21st August, 2012 at 3:07pm
'Io stò quì , sto bene quì e non ho mai richiesto di andare via'

Grande Daniele!! Forza Roma!!!
on the 21st August, 2012 at 1:37pm
there are two point that i fail to understand
1- how come a 29 years old player is still considered as a Capitan Futuro
2-why people consider De Rossi as a irreplaceable while he didn't win anything with Roma other than Coi
on the 21st August, 2012 at 2:11am
As a Juve fan it would be better for us if De Rossi left but as a fan of Italian football i want more teams in Italy to sign better players to show teams in Europe that Serie A is still a great league and that we can still compete in Europe, I also think we need more players to stay loyal to there clubs and for Italian teams and players to stop match fixing. I also think there should be a rule about Italian teams having a number of old and young Italian players playing in there squad.
on the 20th August, 2012 at 4:28pm
With you Arjen. Achilles you make some excellent points. I have loved Roma since 1993, they have an appeal like no other club. Living in Scotland it is hard to see them in Rome that often but there is something about the club and the fans that is hard to compete with. The Rome derby in my eyes is better than others that I have experienced. Forza Roma, Forza De Rossi, Forza Totti.
on the 20th August, 2012 at 12:44pm
The point I'm making it's the fact if you put enough money on the table a player will move irrelevant what the player wants lentini never wanted to join Milan but he did.there have been numerous examples personally I would cash in on DDR like Juventus did with zidane.btw psg are awful totally agree with the comment about them
on the 20th August, 2012 at 12:25pm
Why would I watch Roma when Juventus are playing.lol maybe if I wanted to fall a sleep I might consider watching Roma.
on the 20th August, 2012 at 10:01am
After watching how poor PSG were last nite dont be surprized to see them throw 65million in the ring for Daniele De Rossi they were missing in t middle last nite. Would be a shame for De Rossi not to win the Scudetto in his career tho.
on the 20th August, 2012 at 7:42am
De Rossi is one of the greats of Italian football. He wont leave Roma, not for any club. He is on the same level as Del Piero and Totti. He is as loyal as they come. I have a lot of respect for Roma and I really hope he never leaves Roma. There is not a lot of players like De Rossi around anymore as loyal as he is.
on the 20th August, 2012 at 4:37am
@Rioma fans, what Juve have to do with DDR's decision to go or to stay? You all seriously must have dropped your sanity somewhere in your backyard if you think Juventini, supporters of a club with great history of ItalJuve, would prefer to see the best Italian players play outside Lega Calcio. Bear in mind that this is bigger than your hatred towards your rivals, this essentially is Serie A vs EPL.

@Signor Paolo, are you really a Juventino?
on the 20th August, 2012 at 3:43am
The only way Roma sells him is if he asks to leave. He would only rationalize leaving if he thinks the money gained and the long term future of Roma is brighter without him then with him. He is a larger Roma fan than I could ever be and will put the shirt before his personal desires even if that means leaving. But at the end of the day he is a romanista and he will stay put.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 10:35pm
I don't know if any of the Rube people like Paul or any of you other Roma haters saw the game today, but what a scene! 35,000 in the Olimpico for a friendly! Signs such as "De Rossi Non Si Tocca" and he was introduced over the PA system as "He chose Roma for forever, our most important signing – Daniele De Rossi”. The Curva chanted his name all match. Money can buy most players, but not De Rossi and Totti. "Unico grande amore, de tante e tante gente!" Press conference Tuesday, he will stay!
on the 19th August, 2012 at 10:25pm
@Paul-your Rubentus roots belie all of your brainless contentions- Daniele loves the opportunity to bask in the adulation of the Curva Sud. Every rumour, every phonecall from a former Laziale, and every offer from the sheik provides him another opportunity to hear the love from his roots.
@ Rosario-your fooling yourself-Totti had the chance if he wanted to go elsewhere-he's a god in Roma and he knows it!!
@ Rocke-Bravo-C'e solo l'AS Roma!!!
on the 19th August, 2012 at 9:12pm
@paul: our discussion is pointless... he wont leave, he just wont. you have given him all the arguments to why he should leave... dont you think Mancini and others havent as well long, LONG before you?

Your arguments make sense to the majority, mine dont, but they do to Romans. You wont understand, but in this century of individualism, short term personal goals, quick earned profit and progress: luckily sometimes true valuable things long forgotten prevail....
on the 19th August, 2012 at 9:08pm
Madrid or united don't or won't pay that much only man city psg will pay the asking price, and the fact still remains he has more chance winning something at city than Roma oh yeah and champions league football.are you in the Europa league I can't remember but that don't cut it mate
on the 19th August, 2012 at 8:55pm
@paul: if he chooses man city i will be the first to call him a mercenary as he WONT join them for trophies but just for hard cash. if you want trophies, join united or madrid instead who have a history and trophie cabinet. city would be short term money.... ps: it is up to danielle, not Roma, we wont sell unless he wants.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 8:25pm
Everyone keeps missing the real problem with soccer. The success of any soccer club is strictly dependant on the ammount of money the team has. This needs to change or else all we have to look forward to is the same teams competing for championships. I will bet that we can all predict the top 3 teams in each of the major european soccer leagues. Too bad
on the 19th August, 2012 at 7:20pm
Trophies? he can compete for it in the next world cup; Salary? he's the highest earner in ASR. 100% he wont leave ASR, even if he moves he certainly will respect the Roma fans by not:

1. Playing under Mancini.
2. Playing under the colors of Lazio.
3. Playing in a lame and overrated league such as EPL.

So to Mancity fans, keep dreaming.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 6:48pm
@McGill. Totti would swap all his personal achievements, the 2 coppa italia and super coppa trophies for the champions league. his dream was always to win the european or world player of the year. you have no chance unless you perform on the european stage. on the subject of de rossi, I really believe he deserves the chance to play the next few years with a team of protagonists. whilst it will be roma's loss, a move to city would cement his place as one of the most talent midfielders in europe.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 6:24pm
why is he a glory hunter if he chose Manchester city arjen, they have champions league football you don't you have zero chance of winning the league so if he wanted to go how can you blame him I wouldn't. he has given you how many years service and if I am honest played in some truly awful teams at Roma the only surprise is he hasn't left sooner.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 5:41pm
maybe arjen i need to say it again you clearly have no grey matter between your ears,he don't choose if man city put enough money on the table he will be sold no ifs buts or maybes he is gone I am not saying its right its how it is man city have more money than you simple as that.@ Anonymous I am no fan of the epl never have been I am juventus the point how ever still remains money talks and the sooner you lot who think clubs and players have morals should wake up
on the 19th August, 2012 at 5:37pm
Susy, I know you just report the media hype surrounding this saga but I must say You will never understand the Romanista culture if you even try to compare this with any other player swap. After Totti, he personifies Roma. If he would leave Roma would strike hell. Loyalty still means something at Trigoria ! Why anybody would leave the most beautiful city in the world for the most depressing, rainy place in Europe (even with trophies and money) ? $$ does not make people happy and he earns enough
on the 19th August, 2012 at 3:57pm
Trophy-less like Totti you say?

2-Super Coppa
2-Coppa Italia
1-Scudetto
1-World Cup
1-Serie A Scoring Title
2-Serie A Player of the year
5-Italian Player of the year
1-European Golden Boot

But no trophies right?
on the 19th August, 2012 at 3:53pm
@paul: maybe i need to quote myself again:"what it means being born and bred Roman is something non Romans can not comprehend and never will."

You certainly won't: if ridiculous sheik money which is a disgrace in a time of crisis is what you love, go be the glory hunter you are, but dont force your egocentric ideas on others.

one scudetto with Roma is better than 10titles with a Mancity, Madrid etc, but than again: you will never understand.Luckily Romans will and guess what: Danielle IS Roman
on the 19th August, 2012 at 3:47pm
Daniele should stay. I live in the U.S. now and I know what proper U.S. buisinessmen can do in terms of "building up a company". These guys want to globalize the Roma brand, and to do that they need a winning , trophied squad. Daniele can be their poster boy. Besides, how many great talents have gone to Real Madrid and saw their careers take a backward step?h6LN
on the 19th August, 2012 at 3:23pm
Lots of rumours regarding DDR,some conflicting-dice si e dice no. Even rumours of Mancini reminding DDR that if he stays in Roma he'll finish like Totti with no silverware-LOL!! Better to win as Romanista than elsewhere!! Roma cannot allow him to leave as the backlash from the fanbase will destroy the foundations of the new project. DDR will stay @ Roma. 
on the 19th August, 2012 at 3:02pm
De Rossi is a Serie A veteran, and is currently in his prime. Losing him would be a bigger hit than losing Ibra or Silva.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 2:59pm
De Rossi should stay this year is very promising we could win something this season who knows as a Romanista I hope he stays and take the torch from Totti once he retires, FORZA ROMA!!
on the 19th August, 2012 at 2:48pm

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