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...

"in Rome Danielle has something he won't find anywhere else, something far more important than trophies."

Hate to break it to you but sooner or later a player of hes quality wants to win and receive trophies..
on the 19th August, 2012 at 2:42pm
If he goes to City that makes them a champions league favorite. He'll play for an Italian coach in a formation that will suit him.

However De Rossi falls into the Del Piero, and Totti modal. Loyal players till the end. I don't see him going as the Roma captions arm ban means more to him then $$$
on the 19th August, 2012 at 2:23pm
My cousin is staying in rome but he was very tempted from man city generous offer...
on the 19th August, 2012 at 2:16pm
The American owners have been the best in Serie A since they took over. Smart transfer campaigns, selling the most Roma tickets since the last Scudetto, starting a Hall of Fame, revamping the website, etc. This team, despite not having Europe for 2 years, has attracted top young talent like Pjanic, Lamela, Destro(turned down Juve for Roma) It will be DDR's choice to leave or not. Hopefully 35,000 fans tonight will make him stay
on the 19th August, 2012 at 2:12pm
If De Rossi really wants to better his career
he will join city. But if he wants to carry on
with the easy option, he'll stay at Roma. I
think he'll stay as he just seems so settled in
on the 19th August, 2012 at 1:30pm
@ at arjen he don't choose if he goes or stays your owned by American baseball nfl or whatever they are into if those Americans see 40 million de rossi wanting to stay or go don't make any difference he's going because your owners don't give a stuff maybe you should of follows the Juventus model some stability play in finals and win trophies.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 1:19pm
Paul, are you an arrogant, british EPL fan, or what? I hear there's a lot of your kind over there. We are actully going to have a new stadium soon... and it's not going to be with a completely unrelated name to the club, like ETIHAD :D
on the 19th August, 2012 at 1:10pm
Can't believe people are still using the scandals against Italy, when England have had plenty of Scandals namely Bruce Grobelaar, George Graham, John Terry and Luis Suarez Racism Scandals, even Claus Lundekvam has said there were Betting Scandals going on in England, the only reason the Premier League has got any good is coz of Foreign Ownership, Foreign Players and Foreign Coaches its just an overhyped Money League
on the 19th August, 2012 at 1:09pm
Why go to England, when he is already playing in the best league in the world.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 12:54pm
Sean, "Serie A is no longer exciting"? Really? You obviously haven't been watching it, or you do not know the meaning of excitement. Over the past two years, Serie A has seen terrific football, many fine games, lots of drama, competitive from top-to-bottom, and it has gone to the wire, at both ends of the table.

Darren Napoli, Serie A is selling many players, because it is not flush with foreign cash. That, and that many clubs clubs are getting their finances in order for FFP.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 12:51pm
Reading the comments here, it seems many of you completely miss the point. But only few players are not mercenaries nowadays.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 12:45pm
hey michel .. yes roma have never won anything .. but ùanshster city also .. where was manshster city before the arabs came in whith the money .. i bet roma has more history than your team ..
on the 19th August, 2012 at 12:29pm
Lol@ arjen yeah watch him say all that stuff then sign for city the following week like Michael Said might as well go to city he won't win a raffle at Roma only chance of him winning anything in Italy its with Juventus so if I was de rossi I would go to city play in front of a full crowd and stadium f that's owned by the club xxxx when you gonna get your one arjen and fill it
on the 19th August, 2012 at 12:24pm
Do Roma never buy players themselves?

Going to City means.

*He will never play against you (accept in Europe)
*He is not playing for a domestic rival
*He is playing for an Italian manager who is as big a fan of De Rossi as any Ultra.
* Don't you owe him a pay day?

Anyway in this uncertain world, he could break a leg tomorrow.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 11:52am
Would be great to see De Rossi in a Manchester City shirt ! Quality player with alot of talent ... he is ideal for the Premier League. Serie A isn't an exciting league anymore.. too many betting scandals and sell outs. Pizzaro will probably convince De Rossi to leave having experienced the blue's success last season.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 11:51am
Mark me words: He won't leave.

Today is the official presentation of the team and 35.000 are expected at Olimpico, which other Serie A team can say that for a friendly game?

I bet De Rossi will take the microphone before the game to once and for all say he will stay.

What it means being born and bred Roman is something non-Romans can not comprehend and never will.

No slaves to the results, in Rome Danielle has something he won't find anywhere else, something far more important than trophies.
on the 19th August, 2012 at 11:47am
When are Serie A gonna stop selling the Big Stars to the Pirates from Europe?! First it was Pastore, then Sirigu, then Sissoko then Pocho, then Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic, a great Young Star in Verratti left and now De Rossi could also be Leaving Serie A, I'm sick of this Serie A needs to grow a backbone and tell these Pirates that they Can't have every player they want
on the 19th August, 2012 at 11:26am
Leave for god sake! You will never win anything with rome. Look at the history of roma, they have won nothing.. Rome is the arsenal of italy..
on the 19th August, 2012 at 11:25am

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