Former Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is reportedly set to retire this summer after leaving the Serie A club.
De Rossi left Roma at the end of this past season, seeking a new challenge. While he expressed his desire to continue playing football at the highest level, it appears that he has had a change of heart.
The Italian was linked with possible moves to Fiorentina and AC Milan, however, that looks increasingly unlikely.
Daniele De Rossi set to retire from football
Reports have emerged that he is set to call time on his career. De Rossi is reportedly keen on stepping into management and linking up with his father, who is associated with Roma’s youth set-up.
De Rossi retires as a one-club legend, having made 616 appearances for Roma across 18 years.
He helped the club lift some major silverware, including two Coppa Italias and one Supercoppa Italiana. He also won the World Cup with Italy back in 2006.
The 35-year-old expressed his intention to leave the club earlier this summer but was met with rioting fans who were furious that the club would allow him to leave in such a fashion.
Totti slams board for treatment of star players
Earlier, fellow Roma legend Francisco Totti, who stepped down from his role on the board, revealed that he had urged the management at the club to treat De Rossi with more respect.
“I told the board in September: if you think this is going to be his last year, tell him now – don’t treat him like you treated me. He’s the captain and deserves respect.”
“Then Monchi and Di Francesco left and he got injured. They let too much time go by, and then the problem came up, just as it happened with me. From what I know, they wanted it, they always wanted to take the Romans out of Roma.
“If I was the Roma president and had people like myself and Daniele, I would give them the keys to everything.”
It remains to be seen if De Rossi does indeed end up at Roma in a new management role or whether he decides to try his hand at something new in a different league.