AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has admitted that he has no idea whether centre-back Mehdi Benatia will be at the club for next season.
The Moroccan defender has been heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League, with trio; Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all interested in signing him after a superb season for Roma.
Benatia was at the heart of one of the best defences in European football last season, and helped guide Roma to a second-place finish, only behind champions Juventus, but after attracting attention with his performances throughout the season, the Italian side are now preparing themselves for several formal bids from top English sides.
City, Spurs and Chelsea are all expected to be active in this Summer's transfer market, and all three of them are looking for commanding centre-backs, and all of them have turned their attentions to Benatia.
However, after reading all the reports linking his defender with a move away, the club's director of football admitted that his star is not for sale for anything less than £50 million, effectively ruling out Tottenham as they do not have the financial power to spend that much money on one player.
Although both City and Chelsea could easily afford to spend £50m on the Moroccan, both Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho are wary of the Financial Fair Play rule that comes into affect next season, and that may put them off making a formal bid for the 27-year-old.
Speaking in a recent interview about the potential departure of his team-mate, De Rossi has admitted that transfer rumours can worry and effect any footballer, and the Italian admitted that he was at the heart of rumours last Summer, and that got him worrying throughout the pre-season.
"Even I was disrupted by the transfer market last year," De Rossi is quoted by talkSPORT. "The important thing is that yesterday Sabatini [Roma director of football] talked about Benatia as a man, a player, a professional and about the desire he has always shown while on the pitch for Roma.
"I don’t know how it will finish but if he does stay at Roma, no fan should think any less of him.
"He has given, as well as what he has done on the pitch, more than us Romans from a human point of view."
De Rossi was strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United last Summer and is clearly worried that Roma could be set to lose a star this year.
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