City and Chelsea target contact set for talks

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Daniele De Rossi - a reported target for Manchester City and Chelsea - will enter into talks with Roma regarding signing a new contract, following the closure of the transfer window.

The 28-year-old's future had been the subject of speculation all summer, but he will stay at the Stadio Olimpico until January at least and, as far as Roma are concerned, for the long-term future.

"Now we will dedicate ourselves to Daniele's contract," said Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini. "Our will is to arrive to an agreement."


According to, both City had Chelsea have been credited with interest in the Italy midfielder, although whether or not either club made formal approach remains to be seen.

De Rossi had reportedly been identified by Andre Villas-Boas as a potential replacement for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, who was sidelined during pre-season with serious knee injury.

The Chelsea boss, however, failed to bring a player to Stamford Bridge to fill the void left by Essien, but did bolster his midfield ranks with Oriol Romeu and Raul Meireles.

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