Daniele De Rossi idolised Roy Keane and loves Oasis but turned down Manchester City in 2012 to stay loyal to Roma

It won’t have been easy for the midfielder, who has been a part of the first team since making his debut for his boyhood club 2001.

Such is his love of Roma, he even turned down the Manchester City money machine in 2012.

“I’m staying for this team, for the affection of the fans, because I am a Roman and because I believe in this project,” the midfielder said at the time.

“I feel good here. I haven’t asked anyone to leave. What I promise is that the day I want to leave Roma to win the Champions League or to earn more money, I’ll say so publicly.”

City, Premier League champions and managed by Roberto Mancini at the time, had been pursuing De Rossi for months and a £30m transfer had been mentioned as well as wages of around £130,000 a week.

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