Friday May 24 2019
Ranieri: De Rossi standing ovation

Claudio Ranieri has instructed everyone at the Olimpico to give Daniele De Rossi a standing ovation during Roma-Parma on Sunday.

De Rossi will be playing his final game as a Roma player this weekend after it was announced that he would be leaving his only club.

“De Rossi will play from the first minute with his armband,” Ranieri said at a Press conference.

“He deserves a standing ovation from the entire Olimpico. It must be a party, he has to have a great game.

“I hope there’s an atmosphere that Daniele deserves. I want to see the stadium filled with love for Daniele.

“It must be a party for him, for what he did for Roma and how he did it. For me, what makes Daniele special is how he manages to convey the passion he has for his shirt through his game.

“I believe that leaving was a bolt from the blue for him. I don’t know if he’ll wear a special armband, but I’m happy to pay the fine.

“I always get emotional. Every time I drive through Rome, I get emotional. I said that earlier in the week.

“I won’t go out first so I don’t hear the Venditti anthem from the fans, otherwise I’ll get emotional.

“I’m glad there’s a party for Daniele. I’ll leave Roma with an open heart, hoping to always see them be great in the future.”

The Coach is also making an exit from the Eternal City this summer...

“I feel like a European Coach, so I’ll go wherever there’s a project that interests me,” affirmed the 67-year-old.

“I think this is a good group of players, with a nice mix of young and old. Certainly we expected more from some of the young players, but it’s okay.

“The core of the squad is solid and healthy, and everyone wants to do well. We won’t start from scratch.

“We’ll start from a deficit because before we were always in the Champions League, but it won’t restart from zero.

“Instead, we’ll start from scratch with a new Coach, with his own game and ideas.”