AS Roma have confirmed that club captain Daniele De Rossi will leave the side at the end of the Serie A season. The 35-year-old midfielder has had an eighteen-year career with the Italian giants and is expected to announce his new club in a press conference later today.
De Rossi is a native of Rome and joined the club in 2000 prior to his first team debut in 2001. The tough-tackling midfielder has not looked back since and to date has made 615 appearances for the club, making him second in the all-time list behind Francesco Totti. On the pitch, De Rossi picked up two Coppa Italia crowns and one Suppercoppa. Whilst on the international stage, De Rossi was part of the Italian team that went all the way to lift the World Cup in 2006.
Almost 18 years after a fresh-faced local teenager named Daniele De Rossi made his #ASRoma debut against Anderlecht, the 35-year-old club captain will pull on the Giallorossi shirt for the final time against Parma.— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 14, 2019
It will be the end of an era.
Speaking on the clubs official website, Roma president Jim Pallotta thanked De Rossi for his service to the club. “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.”
It means that De Rossi's final game for Roma will take place in two weeks time when they face Parma at the Stadio Olimpico.