AS Roma legend Daniele De Rossi has revealed that he was willing to leave the club he has spent his entire career at in the summer.
The 30-year-old has attracted interest from Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United with the latter making a late £12m bid just before the transfer window closed.
The need for a creative midfielder at Old Trafford has been well documented over the summer with manager David Moyes attempting to bring in Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Ander Herrera.
He failed to bring in all of the aforementioned, with the £12m bid being flatly dismissed by the Serie A outfit.
Chelsea on the other hand, were linked with an £11m bid for the midfielder as they looked to replace the faltering Oriol Romeu.
The Spaniard was brought to Stamford Bridge by Andre Villas-Boas but does not feature in Jose Mourinho's plans.
And it seems that the pair had a good chance to sign the Italian international after De Rossi revealed that he was willing to leave the Italian capital in the summer if the right offer came in.
“There was a lot of talk about me leaving this summer,” De Rossi told Sky Sport Italia.
“When I spoke to the Coach and the club, seeing as I like to always be clear, for the first time ever I said I’d be willing to listen to any offers.
"I’d see them, evaluate them, whereas in previous years I had always turned down any proposal without even hearing who it was from.
De Rossi is currently in his 12th season with AS Roma but the news that he was willing to leave will come as no surprise to fans of the Rome outfit, after De Rossi struggled to stay on their side during a spell of poor form last season.
“This year I felt that it could be the right year to change or at least listen to what was out there," he added.
"As you know, last season things didn’t go well for me and I wanted the best both for me and above all, and I say above all, for Roma.
“Being a Roma player and not making the fans happy, not having everyone agree you should be there, is a pretty crushing blow for me.
“There were many things that weren’t going well at Roma, but for me there was something even more important.
In the end, De Rossi decided to stay because leaving this summer would have meant his last game for the club would have been a devastating loss to rivals Lazio.
He said: "I couldn’t bear to think that my last game in a Roma jersey would be that Coppa Italia Final lost to Lazio.
“I could imagine myself in any team in the world, lifting any trophy, but to think my last match for Roma was a lost Final Derby was the wrong ending for one of the greatest love stories between a club and a player. I couldn’t do it.”