De Rossi will exit Roma at end of season

Former Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi will leave Roma at the end of the season.

De Rossi’s contract expires at the end of the season ending his 19-year association with his hometown club.

The 35-year-old who joined Roma’s youth team in 2000 from Ostia Mare but has no plans retire.

De Rossi won the Coppa Italia in 2007 and 2008, as well as Supercoppa Italiana in 2007 with the Giallorossi.

Roma president James Pallotta was full of praise for the Roma legend.

“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.” He told the club’s website.

De Rossi has made 615 appearances for the senior side, scoring 63 goals. His last game will be against Parma on May 26.

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