De Rossi to stay with Roma
The ‘future captain’ signed a contract extension in 2012 that made him Serie A’s highest paid player but speculation has continued that the Italy international could be heading to a big club abroad.
According to Il Tempo, the one-club-man had felt the time was right to leave after the immense disappointment of losing to local rivals Lazio in the Coppa Italia final but has since changed his mind.
The 30-year-old’s time with the Italy squad in the Confederations Cup and with Roma on their tour of America gave him time to consider his future and he backtracked on his desire to leave the club.
De Rossi is reportedly impressed with the changes made at the Stadio Olimpico over the summer and is looking forward to working under new head coach Rudi Garcia who told the midfielder he wants him to stay with the capital side as did club president, James Pallotta.
The World Cup winner is also convinced that the arrivals of Kevin Strootman and the seemingly imminent arrival of Gervinho prove Roma’s ambition and have persuaded the midfielder he wants to stay and link up with the new arrivals and exciting returning players such as Miralem Pjanic.
Dutch midfielder Strootman also insisted that the knowledge De Rossi was staying was one of the reasons why he chose to join Roma.