Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has conceded that it will be difficult to lure fellow Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi to the Etihad stadium.
The 28-year-old is as what you expect all true Romans to be, a real gladiator and general at the centre of the pitch. The midfield general is yet to sign a new contract with his boyhood club and could be a free at the end of the season. He has previously been linked with a move to Old Trafford as a replacement for Paul Scholes, and Mancini has neither been shy in expressing his desire to bring the Italian to the Premier League.
The 28-year-old gladiator would be a perfect addition to City, as he is technically superior to both De Jong and Gareth Barry and will bring a great sense of tenacity and panache to the middle of the park where they lack.
However, the Etihad boss is set to look elsewhere in search of a new midfielder as he has conceded that he wouldn’t be surprised if De Rossi signs a contract extension.
He told Corriere Dello Sport: “It’s difficult to lure a Roman footballer and a Roma fan away from Roma. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were to renew his contract.”
Roma President Thomas DiBenedetto said in the summer: “De Rossi comes from Rome and we want him to stay. We want him here and we will work hard to sign him to a new deal.”
De Rossi joined the youth system of Roma from Ostia Mare in 2000 and has since made 259 appearaces for his boyhood club. He has spent his entire professional career at Roma, so maybe a fresh challenge could be on the cards.