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Roma’s Danielle De Rossi “would have committed suicide” if move to Manchester United went through

Jan 3, 2014, 10:32 AM EST

Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi atte

AS Roma midfielder Danielle De Rossi’s bluntly revealed his relief that his protracted transfer to Premier League reigning champions Manchester United didn’t happen this summer.

The Italian midfielder could’ve easily been suiting up at Old Trafford but the Red Devils bid came too late for the Italian giants to consider as they’d already agreed to keep De Rossi.

“It was a good thing that I didn’t go to Manchester, now I would have committed suicide!” De Rossi told Corriere dello Sport.

Quite often quotes from foreign stars are lost in translation.Let’s hope that’s the case with De Rossi.

Safe to say De Rossi is a relieved man that he didn’t switch his hometown team for Man United’s struggles in the Premier League season. That said, he could’ve worded his relief much better. The industrious Italian international midfielder has been at the heart of Roma’s resurgence this season, as Rudi Garcia’s side sit second in Serie A after leading the way for most of this season.

From the question he was asked, it was unclear whether De Rossi was referring to United’s poor form this season, or the fact that he would’ve been missing Roma’s return to the top after so many seasons of struggle. De Rossi, 30, has been with the capital club his entire career and would’ve obviously been devastated to miss their upward spiral. Here is the Guardian’s take on this story, as what De Rossi said clearly could have been taken differently given the context.

Plus he may have also been referring to his own form, which has catapulted considerably after a few less than illustrious campaigns at the heart of the Giallorossi‘s midfield. Now De Rossi is back in the frame for a pivotal role in Italy’s 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil, as the Azzuri aim to get back to the form that saw them become World Champions for the third-time in 2006.

  1. merzybean - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    That’s completely IRRESPONSIBLE reporting and not worthy of NBC who ever posted this should be sacked look at the REAL quote and report honestly and properly

  2. njsurfchick - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    It’s just Italian hyperbole….anyone who took that literally doesn’t understand the culture.

  3. chunkala - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    He kind of sucks anyway. Quite doubtful that he can even compete in the EPL let alone star in it. If a guy cant score in Serie A, he cant last in EPL. Im sure he’ll be misfiring (as usual) on open nets in Brazil this summer too.

    • bear06 - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      A Defensive Midfielders job isn’t to score goals. Also when on form De Rossi is a world class Defensive Midfielder.

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