Roma ace Daniele de Rossi has admitted he is delighted that he turned down an offer form Manchester United over the summer - saying he would have 'committed suicide' if he'd gone to Old Trafford while Roma challenge for the Serie A title.
De Rossi will take to the field on Sunday night to go up against Juventus with his Roma side second in the league table, five points behind the Turin-based side.
However it could have been very different had he taken up Manchester United's offer to ply his trade at Old Trafford in the summer.
Roma boss Rudi Garcia has previously confirmed that Manchester United left it too late to table a serious bid for the 30-year-old as they cast their net far and wide in an attempt to land a midfielder in the summer window.
De Rossi admitted in October that he would have considered a switch to Old Trafford after a disappointing season in Rome last term.
Now the Italian international is counting his lucky stars that the move failed to materialise as he looks to lead Roma to their first Scudetto since 2001.
“Thank goodness that I didn’t move to Manchester United, otherwise I would have committed suicide by now.” he is quoted as saying in an interview with Corriere dello Sport.
The Giallorossi enjoyed a remarkable start to the season and won their first ten games - a Serie A record.
However, while they remain unbeaten, a string of draws have left them trailing Juventus ahead of this weekend's key clash.
Manchester United meanwhile ended their search for a new midfielder when they landed Marouane Fellaini from Everton in a deal worth £27.5 million on transfer deadline day.