Daniele De Rossi is a player who has been linked with a Premier League move on numerous different occasions throughout his illustrious career. There’s good reason for this – the man is a sensational, industrious and effective midfielder. Moreover, he’s a player that seems to be custom built for the rigours of the Premier League.
Unfortunately for his suitors, De Rossi has been a true one-club man and up until now, no other club has been able to turn his head. He’s been with Roma since 2001 (where he was quickly earmarked for a big future) and has made over 300 appearances for the Serie A club.
At 30-years-old, however, it wouldn’t surprise me if he is starting to reflect on his career. Could a move away from the Stadio Olimpico be on his mind?
In a recent interview the Italian international didn’t exactly rule out a change in scenery:
“Had I left Roma in the past or if I leave in the future then I would go for an experience abroad.”
He went on to clarify:
“I feel like an integral part of Roma and Roma are an integral part of my life but, if I were to go, then I would not play for another Italian side out of respect to the club. I would move to a foreign outfit.”
The man clearly has a lot of respect for his club, but a move to a different League also seems to hold some appeal. Later in the interview, he speaks of his disillusionment regarding Serie A, suggesting that ‘The culture of italian football is about 10-20 years behind the time’.
If he feels that way, maybe it’s time to jump ship?
De Rossi has it all. He’s physically tough, can tackle well (unlike Scholes), is an adept passer and has a strong shot. All these qualities will help him to quickly gel with his new team-mates and he’s the kind of player who would be able to make an immediate impact at Old Trafford.
Roma, however, won’t want to let him go. He’s under contract until 2017 and he’s one of the club’s best players. He could be more difficult to sign than Cesc Fabregas. In this case, however, I hope that David Moyes and co. don’t give up.
What’s your take? Is it time for Daniele De Rossi to finally make a move to the Premier League?
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