Lille midfielder Rio Mavuba has revealed that Roma tried to sign him last summer, as Daniele De Rossi looked set to leave.
The France international has claimed that the Giallorossi attempted to poach him in 2012, when the vice-captain was being targeted by Chelsea and Manchester City.
“There was contact with Roma,” he told RMC Sport. “Even before the arrival of Rudi Garcia they were after me.
“The club was interested because De Rossi was poised to leave at the time – it looked like he was about to go.
“Eventually though, he stayed in Rome and the move was off.
“I’m focused fully on Lille, but at the end of the season we’ll see what happens.”