Roma rubbish De Rossi rumours
City link played down
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: January 19, 2009 11:15am
De Rossi: Going nowhere
Roma boss Luciano Spalletti insists the club have received no contact from Manchester City in regards to Daniele de Rossi.
The Blues are currently attempting to piece together a record-breaking deal for AC Milan superstar Kaka, but have their eye on other Serie A targets.
Italy international De Rossi is reported to feature prominently on City's wish list, with Mark Hughes keen to put the Abu Dhabi United Group's riches to good use.
The combative midfielder is held in high regard throughout world football, with his no-nonsense approach making him a firm fans' favourite at Stadio Olimpico.
However, having only signed a new four-year deal in the Eternal City over the summer, Spalletti insists De Rossi is not for sale.
"A multi-million offer by City for De Rossi? There has not been any offers," he said.
"However, De Rossi is a player that is admired by many teams.
"Kaka is one of the best players we have in our league.
"These are players that it is difficult to do without."