De Rossi to leave Roma
Roma have confirmed that long-serving midfielder Daniele De Rossi will be leaving the club at the end of this season.
The 35-year-old will pull on a Roma shirt for the last time ever against Parma on the final day of the season, after having spent 18 years with the Serie A outfit.
De Rossi is second on the club’s list of all-time leading appearance-makers at 615.
But unlike fellow club legend Francesco Totti, who is the only player above him in Roma’s all-time appearance list, De Rossi won’t be hanging up his boots – instead he plans to pursue a career away from Rome.
The announcement was made by club president James Pallotta on the club’s official website:
“For 18 years, Daniele has been the beating heart of AS Roma’s team. From his debut in 2001 to taking on the responsibility of the captain’s armband, he always represented the Roma fans on the pitch with pride as he established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe.
“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.”