Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has put Chelsea and Manchester United on alert after revealing contract talks regarding a renewal of his current deal have stalled.
The Italy international was continually connected with a move to Manchester United in the summer, and Roma Director Bruno Conti recently claimed Chelsea have had a £59million bid rejected for the player in the past.
Sir Alex Ferguson is said to admire the 28-year-old, whilst Chelsea manager Andre Villa-Boas has made no secret of his desire to add to his midfield.
Despite allowing De Rossi’s contract to run into its last year, General Director Franco Baldini said at the end of October that he expected a new deal to be agreed within two weeks.
The Giallorossi vice-captain doesn’t seem to agree with this outlook, however, and even went so far as to admitting he has considered leaving.
“The contract renewal? Things have stopped at the moment," he is quoted as saying by SkySports after Italy’s friendly 1-0 loss to Uruguay yesterday.
"I'm astonished when I hear talk of an imminent agreement or decisive meetings.
"Will I leave? Last year I considered the possibility. If I do leave, my first choice would be to go abroad. But, if an agreement to leave Italy cannot be found, I can't stop playing football.
"I want to underline that everyone involved in this situation remains calm."