'The one that got away' - City suffer another European blow

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Manchester City have been dealt another blow from Europe, after Roma confirmed they're confident Daniele De Rossi will sign a new contract with the club according to the London Metro.

The Serie A giants are believed to be in advanced negotiations with the 28-year-old Italian midfielder over extending his deal beyond the current 2012 expiry date.

Citizens boss Roberto Mancini made no secret of his desire to bring the combative World Cup winner to the Etihad Stadium, sparking rumours the club would renew their interest in January.

"De Rossi would be absolutely perfect [for Manchester City]," he said during the recent transfer window. "I rate him one of the best midfielders in the world."


It is believed that the deadline day signing of Owen Hargreaves was a direct result of the De Rossi move failing to materialise, and with the player now just days away from penning a new deal said to be worth £4.7million-a-year, Mancini and Co. will be relieved to have completed the business.

Manchester City have endured a difficult few days in Europe after the UEFA Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich which will be best remembered for the touchline antics of Carlos Tevez - who refused to come on as substitute with the game at 2-0.

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