Roma legend Bruno Conti claims that the club once rejected a €70m offer from Chelsea for Daniele De Rossi.
The 1982 World Cup winner made the revelation when asked for his thoughts on whether the midfielder would extend his contract or leave on a Bosman next summer.
“De Rossi will stay at Roma,” Conti, head of Roma’s youth system, told Radio Mana Mana Sport 24 on Monday.
“The possibility of him leaving the club really is the last thing on my mind.
“After all, I’d like to remind everyone of when Chelsea offered as much as €70m for him, a lot of money, but that was rejected by Rosella Sensi.”
Sensi is no longer in charge of the club after an American consortium bought the Italian outfit over the summer.
De Rossi is contracted to his hometown side until June 2012, but extension talks are taking some time as an agreement over his salary has yet to be reached.