Daniele de Rossi who joined AS Roma from his hometown club Ostia Mare will be leaving the club after making over 600 appearance from 2001 to dates.
A statement from the Giallorossi said De Rossi, who was part of the 2006 Italian world cup winning team would be pursuing “a new adventure” elsewhere starting next season.
De Rossi in a statement said “Roma and I chose each other,” he said. “There is a lot of love between us, both now and in the future – even if it will be in another form.”
“Looking back, some specific moments I would change,” he added. “But overall, I wouldn’t change anything about staying loyal to this team.
“If I had a magic wand, I would have put a few more trophies on the mantelpiece.”
The star still believes he still has more to offer on the playing field so has refused a chance to join the list of directors at his current club AS Roma. De Rossi won the Coppa Italia in 2007 and 2008, as well as Supercoppa in 2007, with the club.
De Rossi would be leaving the club as the second most capped player right behind team mate and friend Francesco Totti who also featured for the club in 786 games and retired in 2017. He is set to play his final game for the Giallorossi against Parma on Sunday, 26 May.
With such loyalty showed to the club, the club president Jim Pallotta had this to say on De Rossi leaving the club as well, “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,” .
He continued to thank Daniele for his incredible dedication to AS Roma and promised him that doors of the club will remain open for him to return to the club in a new role whenever he wants.”
Story By: Prince Ghalley.