Roma have announced that De Rossi will quit playing football in the Rossoneri’s Jersey come season’s end but the captain is adamant he still has a lot to offer.
Captain DeRossi who inherited the captaincy armband following the retirement of Francesco Totti in 2017 will seek to play his trade elsewhere come end of this season.
Roma’s President, James Pallotta said De Rossi has been the heartbeat of Roma team for the past 18 years. He said the captain right from his debut in 2001 always represented the fans and the club with pride on and off the pitch.
James thought it was rather emotional seeing Rossi with the Giallarossi Jersey for the last time against Parma but thinks it’s time for the Roma legend to continue his play away from Rome.
“We will all shed tears when he pulls on the Giallorossi shirt for the last time against Parma but we respect his desire to prolong his playing career — even if, at almost 36, it will be away from Rome. On behalf of everyone at Roma, I’d like to thank Daniele for his incredible dedication to this club and ensure him that our doors will remain open for him to return to the club in a new role whenever he wants.”
The 35 year old who has made a total of 615 appearances for his hometown club thinks he till has some football in his boots.
He said he respects the club’s decision to take him out but feels he could still make a good impact on the club.
“I feel I could still have a made an impact on this team, playing five, 10 games.
“[I could help] in the dressing room.
“But I agree the club has to make a decision or I could just get to the end of next season and decide I want to carry on.”
The former Italy International has however been told he could return to the club in some capacity later in future.
De Rossi is second only to Totti on the list of the club’s all-time leading appearance makers, since debuting in 2001.