Roma midfielder and Italy captain Daniele De Rossi has announced that he will stay at the Serie A club instead of making a move before the summer transfer window closes, according to Gabriele Marcotti of ESPN.
De Rossi: "I'm staying. I never asked to leave."— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) August 21, 2012
De Rossi: "People have written all sorts of things, about me, about Mancini. Some of it makes me laugh. Some of it makes me angry."— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) August 21, 2012
The defending Premier League champions already have several world-class midfielders, most notably Yaya Toure and David Silva, but adding De Rossi would have given them another fantastic player who can excel at both ends of the pitch.
Like Toure, De Rossi can dominate opponents defensively, and be a playmaker in the attacking third of the pitch.
After finishing 7th in the league table last season, and failing to qualify for the Champions League, Roma needs De Rossi more than ever. They need his fantastic play in the midfield and his leadership on and off the pitch. This will be his 11th season at the club.
This display of loyalty by De Rossi is really refreshing in today's era of football, when most players are quick to leave clubs that they have spent many years at for a chance to make more money or play Champions League football.
He also said on Tuesday that if he ever plans to depart from Roma, the news will come directly from him.
De Rossi: "What I can promise every1 is that the day I want to leave Roma - whether to win CL or make more money - I will say so in public."— Goal.com(@goal_intl) August 21, 2012
De Rossi's commitment to Roma, as well as his loyalty and respect for his club, has set an example more players in football would do well to follow.
Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.