Daniele De Rossi has warned Roma he won't sign an unacceptable contract renewal. “We're battling over it.”
The ‘future captain' will be a free agent in June 2012 and the Giallorossi risk losing one of their top stars for nothing.
“My contract will be discussed along with the club,” said De Rossi after Italy's win over the Faroe Islands last night.
“We're battling over it and negotiating. Obviously I would like to earn a little more, while the club wants to spend less. It's only normal and happens at every club.
“Am I ready to sign a blank contract to stay at Roma? No.”
Director of sport Walter Sabatini also commented on the situation, especially amid interest from Roberto Mancini's Manchester City.
“Daniele's contract does worry me, though I think it can be resolved, as he strongly wants to stay here. It's only right he looks at the market rate and makes his requests.
“We are discussing it in a very constructive way. The club has thought of a fairly innovative type of contract. It would be a huge loss if he did leave, and Roma must be ready to accept that, but I don't think it will come to that.
“Many emissaries came to Rome, but the big money offer the media talked about never actually materialised. De Rossi has never been for sale.”
Meanwhile, De Rossi commented on the huge row that has broken out within the club around Francesco Totti, Coach Luis Enrique and director Franco Baldini.
“There are certain factions, some for Totti, some for Luis Enrique or the club. The fans ought to be united in supporting Roma. Francesco is relaxed and is not creating any kind of problem. Taking a substitution badly can happen to anyone.”
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