De Rossi unaware of Arsenal interest

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Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has rubbished reports he is set for a move to Arsenal.

Speculation is rife that Arsenal are preparing a big-money bid for De Rossi. However, the 26-year-old claims he has no intention of leaving the capital club, which he joined as a youth player in 2000.

"Arsenal? I have never heard anything," said De Rossi. "Roma have declared me untransferable, I want to stay only here."

He added: "Things would change if they wanted to offload me but they have always wanted me.

"I was on holiday, I read certain figures and even I didn't know if it could be true, I told myself 'maybe this time they will really sell me'.

"But the club always came out and declared that I was not for sale and that really pleased me. It's the only thing I want."

Alberto Aquilani has also been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League, with reports suggesting Liverpool are close to signing the midfielder.

De Rossi believes it would be a good move for his team-mate but believes the Giallorossi would regret it.

"I don't know the details and I don't know if the deal is real," he added. "If it's as it's written in the papers, we will lose a great player.

"His many injuries have maybe meant that he's been forgotten about a bit, but I am sure that if he leaves we will regret it. He's a footballer with exceptional skill and above all he grew up in Roma's academy and has a love for this shirt that you cannot buy."

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