Contract negotiations between Roma and De Rossi reach a stalemate
When it comes to loyalty in the world of modern football, not many are left to make up the list. In a world where decisions to move have been known to be affected by the money offered, being loyal to a club is a rarity. Among this ever-endangered species of loyal footballers, the name of the Italian midfield stalwart Daniele De Rossi stands out profoundly.
Dedicating his entire career to Roma, De Rossi has made a formidable 550 appearances for the club since being promoted to the senior team in 2001 and also achieving 100 caps for the national side. He has elicited interests from major clubs throughout his career though Roma has been successful in retaining his services. The prominent of the offers coming from Manchester City in 2012, then lead by Roberto Mancini when Roma considered parting ways with the player if faced with an offer too good for them to refuse.
Walter Sabatini, their director of football, said –
"I said that [every player has his price], but I didn't say De Rossi was for sale.”
De Rossi’s contract with the club expires by the end of June 2017. Talks of a contract extension have reached a stalemate between both parties. Being the second highest paid footballer in Italy only behind Gonzalo Higuain, the stall in the contract talk seems to be with the club’s decision to give only a single year extension which seems to be unacceptable to the 33-year old who clearly believes that he deserves to have at least two years added to his contract. With the like of Radja Nainggolan, the fresh from recovery Kevin Strootman and Lenadro Paredes providing sufficient depth for the central midfield positions for Roma, they would not find themselves concerned with find a suitable replacement for the talismanic player.
This situation has not gone unnoticed by the other European powerhouses. Antonio Conte is keen on bringing the Italian to Stamford Bridge for the next season along with Juventus and Inter Milan getting ready for negotiations if the opportunity presents itself. Although the loyalty to the club could mean he would prefer leaving Italy to see out the rest of his not-as-yet ending career. As with most footballers nearing the dawn of their careers, the American MLS also serve as the midfielder’s destination. It is up to Roma to decide whether to let De Rossi leave for free at the end of the season or offer him a contract to his liking and let clubs offer money for his services which they would be more than willing to do.