Sunday August 28 2011
De Rossi to City? 'It's his decision'

As rumours abound of Manchester City's £25m bid for Daniele De Rossi, Roma patron Thomas Di Benedetto said “it's his decision.”

The midfielder's contract expires next summer and talks to work out an extension have still not been successful.

This week Roberto Mancini told the Italian media De Rossi would be “perfect” to complete his City squad, fuelling Sunday Express reports of a £25m offer.

“Daniele is a Roman and a Romanista 100 per cent, a great player, an international and a great figurehead for us,” Di Benedetto told Sky Sport Italia.

“Therefore we hope he can play for Roma to the end of his career, but ultimately it's his decision.

“If he had different ambitions, then we'd have to take that into account.”

Roma have just been taken over by the American investors, but their finances took a hit with Europa League play-off elimination at the hands of Slovan Bratislava.

Selling De Rossi would be a huge gamble, especially at a time when Coach Luis Enrique is openly battling the fans by dropping captain Francesco Totti.

De Rossi is nicknamed ‘Future Captain' in Giallorossi circles.

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