Manchester United dealt blow in De Rossi chase

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Daniele de Rossi has given the clearest indication yet that he intends to stay with Roma, despite intense speculation that the Italy international is a transfer target for Manchester United and Manchester City.

The 30-year-old's future in the Italian capital has appeared uncertain following the appointment of Rudi Garcia as manager, and Roma would reportedly entertain offers of £15-20 million for the player.

Chelsea had previously been credited with interest in De Rossi, but Manchester United and Manchester City are now reported to be the frontrunners to acquire his services.

David Moyes' pursuit of midfield reinforcements has been well-documented and, SportsDirect News claims, the Manchester United manager could turn to De Rossi if he fails to bring Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford.

De Rossi, however, appears prepared to resist the overtures of the Premier League champions in order to revive the fortunes of Roma after the under-achievement of previous seasons.

"The last few seasons have not gone well, that is clear," De Rossi told reporters.

"What we need is to be reborn. And we start from here, in pre-season. This is the preparation for a revival ahead of an important year.

"The club has always been a strong one, even in the years that things didn't go so well.

"However, something has been missing or else we wouldn't have had these seasons that were not too positive.

"We are not missing that much at Roma, but we are lacking a little. What we really need is enthusiasm. We need to put a winning run of games together and start to believe in ourselves again."

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