Manchester United & Chelsea target Daniele De Rossi has revealed that he would only move abroad were he leave AS Roma.
Manchester City failed in a bid to sign him in January after the Italian club told Roberto Mancini that he would not be sold in the middle of the season.
New manager Manuel Pellegrini is yet to show an interest in the player but their City rivals United, as well as Chelsea, remain keen.
It is now thought that the Serie A club are willing to cash in on their prize asset in order to balance the books.
De Rossi is currently one of the top earners in Rome with an annual salary of £5.6m, which the club are keen to write off.
The 30-year-old has now revealed that were he to leave the Stadio Olimpico, he would only be willing to move abroad.
He is quoted in the Daily Star as saying: "Had I left Roma in the past or if I leave in the future then I would go for an experience abroad.
"I feel like an integral part of Roma and Roma are an integral part of my life but, if I were to go, then I would not play for another Italian side out of respect to the club.
"I would move to a foreign outfit."
Although his love for Roma is cited as the reason for his desire to move overseas, he also claimed that he would leave Serie A as he believes it has fallen behind other European leagues.
"The culture of Italian football is about 10-20 years behind the times," he said.
"The way we think and live it is all wrong. We are behind English football, Spanish and German. We’ll soon be behind the French championship too.
"For a start, look at our stadiums and our kick-off times. We play in January at 20.00 at night in Udine.
"It wouldn’t take a lot to improve - like Serie B, who play at Christmas and then have January off.
"I'm not saying this with venom or anger because, if our football is behind, then it is also because of me seeing as I am a part of it."
The news will be a boost to David Moyes at Manchester United as he has been eager to sign a star midfielder this summer.
The Scotsman has already failed to bring in Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas and another failure in the transfer market would do little to win his new fans over.