Chelsea & Manchester United target urged to stay

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AS Roma legend Francesco Totti has pleaded with Chelsea and Manchester United target Daniele De Rossi to stay where he is.

According to talkSPORT, both the Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford clubs have an interest in the Italy international and he has been tipped to leave the capital this season.

Manchester United are actively chasing recruitments for the centre of midfield, though their main target up to now has been Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas.

Manager David Moyes has been open about his desire to sign the former Arsenal captain and admitted the clubs are in talks.

However, the Red Devils have been criticised for a lack of steel in the midfield, which is something De Rossi is more than capable of adding.

Meanwhile Jose Mourinho could be on the look out for a defensive midfielder after sending Oriol Romeu on loan to Valencia for a year.

Chelsea are reportedly also ready to let John Obi Mikel leave Stamford Bridge this summer and De Rossi would be a like-for-like replacement for either of the two.

If his destination is unsure, it is almost certain that De Rossi is considering a transfer after the comments made by Francesco Totti this week.

The talkSPORT report quotes Totti from a number of public messages sent to De Rossi by his Roma teammates to commemorate his 30th birthday, which he celebrated on Wednesday.

"Ciao Dani, best wishes for turning 30, though you're getting old now and practically finished!” went Totti’s message.

"It's better if you give us the present, so stay here at Roma and at least we'll win something great together."

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