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De Rossi pens new deal

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Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has turned his back on Premier League interest from Chelsea and Manchester United by committing his future to the Giallorossi by signing a new five-year deal, reports the Daily Mail.

The 28-year-old Italian international had been heavily linked with a move to England after months of talks over a contract extension with the Serie A outfit rumbled on.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson had been credited with an interest in bringing De Rossi to Old Trafford as he looks to add more creativity to his midfield ranks, but any plans he may have had have now been all but dashed.

Andre Villas-Boas has also been keeping a close eye on the negotiations with a view to making a rival bid to strengthen his ailing Stamford Bridge squad at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

Roberto Mancini's Manchester City concludes the list of interested parties in England, with a three-way tussle for De Rossi's signature expected to ensue when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

However, Roma general director Franco Baldini has put an end to speculation after revealing that the player and club have now put pen to paper on a new deal.

"We have reached an agreement with De Rossi for five years," Baldini told Mediaset. "Tomorrow we will give the financial details of the deal. We are delighted to announce this agreement.

"It has been a difficult renewal because he [De Rossi] could have chosen other destinations. This has represented an added hurdle but he chose us and that is a good sign."

De Rossi has spent his entire career at Roma, and whilst a move away from his homeland was regularly touted, Chelsea, Manchester United and neighbours City each new they were facing a fight to convince him to leave.

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