Manchester City’s pursuit of AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has received a blow with his coach Zdenek Zeman declaring his desire to hold onto his star man.

Roberto Mancini reportedly attempted to bring the midfielder to the Premier League during the summer, but was unable to complete a deal.

It has been speculated that the Italian international is frustrated by life under his new manager, after being deployed out of position, which has prompted rumours that the Sky Blues may return with a big money offer.

However, Zeman believes such speculation is nonsense and that his vice-captain is staying put:

“I’ve never had problems with De Rossi, I don’t know who spread this voices, certainly not me, and I think not even Daniele.” He is quoted by SkySports.

French giants Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested in the 29-year-old, but Zeman ruled out a potential sale to the Ligue 1 outfit:

“Ancelotti (PSG’s manager) wants De Rossi? Daniele is wanted by many, not only by the PSG, he has made an important career, he plays for the national team, I think he could help many teams.

“However, he is staying at AS Roma.”

De Rossi was key part of the Italian team who finished runners up during EURO 2012.

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