AS Roma have confirmed that the sale of Daniele De Rossi will not be sanctioned any time soon.
The Italian playmaker has been linked with a number of Barclays Premier League clubs, including Manchester City and Chelsea.
He was also reported to be a potential replacement for the recently retired Paul Scholes at Manchester United, with Sir Alex Ferguson thought to be keen on the player.
However, Roma’s director of sport Walter Sabatini has confirmed that the 27-year-old will be staying in Rome.
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Sabatini said: “De Rossi's sale is not on the agenda, just as his contract renewal negotiations are not on the agenda for today.”
Although not entering in to contract talks for De Rossi today, Sabatini is keen to tie the Italian international to a long term contract and believes not even the widely praised Javier Pastore could replace him.
He said: “I cannot weaken the side. By selling De Rossi and then bringing in Javier Pastore or anyone else, I would still be weakening Roma. I have spoken to Daniele, we will speak with his agent and make an offer.”
Manchester United will now have to take their midfielder pursuit elsewhere, with Wesley Sneijder the current favourite to make an Old Trafford move this summer.
Reports today claim the Dutch international is on the verge of joining the Red Devils, although Ferguson has previously stated that the club could look to promote players in house at Manchester United.
Tom Cleverley is thought to be the heir apparent from the academy crop at the club, although the Scottish boss has already spent big on three players this summer and could do so again to strengthen Manchester United further.
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