Roma midfielder: Italy have fallen behind other leagues
The 30-year-old also fuelled speculation that he will be leaving the Giallorossi as he revealed his frustration at the league’s organisation.
“The culture of Italian football is about 10-20 years behind the times,” said De Rossi during a press conference ahead of Italy’s friendly with Argentina on August 14.
“We are behind English, Spanish and German football.
“We will soon be behind the French league too.
“For a start, look at the stadiums and the schedule, we play in Udine in January at 21:00.
“It would not take a lot to improve, look at Serie B where they play over Christmas and have January off.”
De Rossi also answered a question about whether Roma and Lazio could hold a joint press conference for the first time ahead of the Derby della Capitale.
“I do not think we are ready [for a joint press conference], remember the hatred [Miralem] Pjanic received after he said that if anybody had to score for Lazio against Roma he was happy if it was his compatriot [Senad] Lulic?”
According to De Rossi, this hostility from fans makes Italy a less attractive proposition for players and has led him to consider his own future.
“If I ever were to leave Roma, I would run away abroad and it’s not just so I would not have to wear the shirt of a different Italian club.
“The conditions are simply better elsewhere even if the standard of Italian football makes it the most challenging.”