Manchester United and Chelsea transfer target Daniele De Rossi has no regrets over staying at Roma this summer.
The Italian international was heavily linked with a move away from the Serie ‘A’ club during the transfer window, with both the Red Devils and Blues reportedly courting the player.
However, he opted to stay at the Stadio Olimpico rather than leave for pastures new, and it’s a decision the 30-year-old does not regret.
"If I had gone to play elsewhere, such as Barcelona, I probably would've won more. My story is the same as Totti's. But then you think of the people of Rome and the love of the fans, so that thought goes," he told Sky Sport Italia.
De Rossi also spoke about the possibility of taking the captain’s armband from Francesco Totti, with the 91-cap Italy star expected to replace the legend as skipper when he calls time on his career.
"Francesco is ahead of me and to know I'll only take the armband when he retires is not a pleasing thought for me or the fans," added De Rossi.
"Nobody will celebrate that day going 'Hurray, De Rossi has become the captain!' We will all be sad because that'll mean the best player in the history of Roma will hang up his boots.
“Besides, you don't need an armband to be happy, as it's enough for me to have my team-mates see me as a friend and the fans as a symbol."
Reports at the end of August claimed Manchester United had tabled a £10million bid for the player, but a move failed to materialise.
Instead, the Red Devils went for Marouane Fellaini, with new manager David Moyes bringing a player he knew well to Old Trafford.
The Belgian hasn’t made a flying start to life with the Premier League champions, but the Manchester United manager will hope that, over time, he proves to be a better addition than perhaps De Rossi would have been.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was also linked with a move for the player, as 'the special one' looked to make his mark at Stamford Bridge following his second coming.
The Blues brought Willian, Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle to west London, along with a handful of other players, but didn't strengthen with an enforcer at the heart of the side.
De Rossi no longer appears to be available should Chelsea wish to pursue his signature once again, and the Italian now looks set to stay at Roma for plenty of years to come.