The Italian set AS Roma has announced this Tuesday that the Italian Daniele De Rossi he will leave the club at the end of this season, after 18 years, 615 games, 63 goals and three titles, to continue his career in another team.
Those more than 600 parties make him the second player who has worn the 'Giallorossi' jersey more times, behind Francesco Totti, which reached the figure of 786 meetings, before retiring in 2017.
The executive director of the Rome, Guido Fienga, apologized later in a press conference for not having warned the veteran player that they were not going to renew him. «I want to apologize, on behalf of the club, with Daniele, for not talking to him beforeIt has been a problematic season. The club is warned of the mistakes it has made and we are reflecting on them, but we appreciate the form that has accepted the decision, "he remarked.
De Rossi has been the heart of the Roman center of the field, example of club philosophy since he debuted in the first team in 2001, to later become one of the best in the world in its position, desired by the great clubs of Europe. With Roma, he won the Italian Cup twice (2007 and 2008) and a Super Cup (2007).
Want to continue playing
"I'm almost 36 years old and I already know what football is like, I did not want there to be distractions about our race to qualify for Europe," said the footballer, who thanked the leaders "for their offer" to remain inside the club. «I respect and thank you, but I still feel like a player»added
"Eventually, I would like to be a coach, but at this moment I do not see myself as a manager because such a role in Rome would have some meaning. I need to go out and study, learn, it will be a long trip», He sentenced.
«For 18 years, Daniele has been the heart of the team. From his debut in 2001 to taking responsibility for the captain's armband, always represented the fans in the field with pride by becoming one of the best midfielders in Europe, "said club president Jim Pallotta on the club's website.
The leader confessed that «all» will shed «tears when he puts on the shirt of the 'Giallorossi' for the last time against Parma. But we respect his desire to prolong his career as a player, even if, with almost 36 years, he will be away from Rome, "added Pallotta, confirming that De Rossi will not retire from professional football, but will remain in another club.
"On behalf of everyone, I would like to thank Daniele for his incredible dedication to this club and assure him that our doors will remain open so you can return to the AS Roma when you want»He concluded.
In addition to his numbers with Roma, De Rossi is still the fourth player with more games in the history of Italy, with 117 appearances, and represented the 'Azzurri' in eight international tournaments, forming part of the squad that won the World Cup. Germany in 2006.
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