Daniele De Rossi will leave Roma at the end of the season

Daniele de Rossi will leave Roma at the end of the season

Daniele De Rossi will leave Roma at the end of the season, the club has confirmed.

The Italian legend is in his 18th season at the club having made his debut in 2001.

He's featured 614 times for Roma, scoring 63 times.

His final game for the club will come against Parma on May 26.

Roma president Jim Pallotta told the club’s official website, per Goal: “For 18 years, Daniele has been the beating heart of AS Roma’s team.

“From his debut in 2001 to taking on the responsibility of the captain’s armband, he always represented the Roma fans on the pitch with pride as he established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe.

“We will all shed tears when he pulls on the Giallorossi shirt for the last time against Parma but we respect his desire to prolong his playing career - even if, at almost 36, it will be away from Rome.

“On behalf of everyone at Roma, I’d like to thank Daniele for his incredible dedication to this club and ensure him that our doors will remain open for him to return to the club in a new role whenever he wants.”

De Rossi has no plans to retire but it is unknown who he will join this summer.

Roma also issued the following statement.

“De Rossi will not be retiring from professional football at the end of the current season. The 35-year-old plans to pursue a new adventure away from Rome," their statement read, per Goal.

Daniele De Rossi has made 614 appearances for Roma

“As well as his record-breaking Roma exploits, De Rossi has also enjoyed a brilliant international career.

“He remains the fourth-most capped player in Italy history, with 117 appearances, and represented the Azzurri at eight major international tournaments – famously lifting the World Cup, alongside Roma teammates Totti and Simone Perrotta, in 2006.

“Nevertheless, the combative, inspiring midfielder will always remain synonymous with Roma, the club he has unfailingly represented with both class and distinction throughout his playing career.”

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